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Monday, March 16, 2009

Game Face Rolls to Inside Information Victory

Zabeel Racing International’s 4-year-old filly Game Face won the rubber match of a graded-stakes trilogy at Gulfstream Park Sunday, beating Joseph V. Shields Jr.’s 6-year-old mare Any Limit by 2½ lengths in the $150,000 Inside Information Stakes (G2).

Any Limit, who won the Hurricane Bertie Stakes (G3) with Game Face second when they met in mid-February, set the pace in the seven-furlong Inside Information while dueling with Gary and Mary West’s 4-year-old filly Keep the Peace to mid-stretch until Game Face rolled down the outside to victory under jockey John R. Velazquez for trainer Todd Pletcher.

A chestnut daughter of Menifee, Game Face paid $3.40 to win and was timed in 1:22:09 over the fast track. Keep the Peace held third, 1¾ lengths behind Any Limit in the field of six fillies and mares.

Winning Jockey Quotes

John Velazquez:

“The pace was definitely a factor today as opposed to last time out. I wanted to stay close and have a shot, that’s all. She kept making up ground, and at the quarter (pole) I noticed she got real comfortable. We went to the outside and once I let go and asked her, this time she was ready to fight all the other horses down the lane.”

Winning Trainer Quote

Anthony Sciametta (Assistant to Todd Pletcher):

“She gives a hundred percent every time. Last time she got caught down on the inside and finished second. Today she drew outside and had a better trip.”

(Note: Pletcher was attending the OBS 2-year-old sales Sunday.)


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