Jordan's Henny Won't be Overlooked in G2 Inside Information at Gulfstream Park
E. Ervine Woolsey and Ralph Kinder's homebred filly should attract a lot of attention from bettors in the seven-furlong stakes for older fillies and mares Saturday after rallying from 11th to defeat multiple Grade 2-winner Curlin's Approval by three-quarters of a length in the $175.000 Hurricane Bertie (G3) Jan. 27 at Gulfstream.
"It wasn't a big surprise to us. I have to tell you we were pleasantly surprised but not hugely surprised," trainer Michael Tomlinson said. "She had always run well here. She gets over this track well and had worked well up to the race. It was a little bit of a surprise but not a 59-1 surprise."
Jordan's Henny brought a solid record at Gulfstream Park into the seven-furlong Hurricane Bertie, having broken her maiden and subsequently placed in the Davona Dale (G2) and Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) during the 2016-2017 Championship Meet. The 4-year-old gray filly exited the race with her first graded-stakes win under Tyler Gaffalione while coming off a four-month layoff.
2018 Inside Information Stakes Odds & Entries
Race 11 on Gulfstream Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:04 PM
|1||Ivy Bell||5-2||Javier Castellano||Todd Pletcher|
|2||Just Be Kind||10-1||Emisael Jaramillo||Reade Baker|
|3||Moonlit Promise||9-2||Gary Boulanger||Josie Carroll|
|4||Jordan's Henny||6-1||Robby Albarado||Michael Tomlinson|
|5||Blue Collar||10-1||Julien Leparoux||Eddie Kenneally|
|6||Rich Mommy||4-1||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||Victor Barboza, Jr.|
|7||Mines and Magic||3-1||Jose Lezcano||Victoria Oliver|
"I had talked to Tyler prior to the race and said, `There looks like there's plenty of speed in here. Just let this filly run her race, fall back and take care of her and make the run,'" Tomlinson said. "The race set up and we were fortunate in that respect."
Tomlinson expressed a bit of concern that the seven-horse field for the Inside Information might not produce an early pace that would prove as beneficial to his stretch-running filly, but he couldn't be more pleased with Jordan's Henny's preparation for her second start of the year.
"She's been doing fantastic. She's held her weight. She's training exceptionally well. She has a great attitude, so hopefully she'll have a repeat performance," he said. "She has matured a lot from her 3-year-old year, which was a pretty strenuous one."
Jordan's Henny has raced for her breeders after failing to bring her $19,000 reserve at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale.
"We had thought the filly was going to be a very useful filly. I will tell you that she's been a little bit of an overachiever. She has run in some cases better than she actually trains. That's always a surprise, because most of them are morning glories," Tomlinson said. "We've always had good expectations, but she's been an overachiever."
Robby Albarado is slated to ride Jordan's Henny for the first time Saturday.
Winds of Change Racing Stable's Rich Mommy, whose finished third in the Hurricane Bert after being outkicked by Jordan's Henny in the stretch, is set for a return to action in the Inside Information. The Victor Barboza Jr.-trained 4-year-old filly previously won the six-furlong Sugar Swirl (G3) by two lengths. Irad Ortiz Jr. is slated to ride the daughter of Algorithms for the first time Saturday.
Moonlit Promise is also scheduled to return in the Inside Information off a fourth-place finish in the Hurricane Bertie, in which she had the lead in mid-stretch before weakening. The Josie Carroll-trained 5-year-old had previously captured the Bessarabian (G2) at Woodbine in her 2017 finale. Owned by Hill `n Dale Equine Holdings and Windsor Boys Racing, Moonlit Promise will be reunited with Gary Boulanger, who was aboard for the Bessarabian win.
Ivy Bell is scheduled to seek her first graded-stake victory while also making her first start for Mathis Stable and Madaket Stables, as well as trainer Todd Pletcher, in the Inside Information. The 5-year-old daughter of Archarcharch has finished first or second in seven of her last eight starts, including a second-place finish in the Chicago Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs last June. Javier Castellano has the mount.
Reed Baker-owned and-trained Just Be Kind, who won the six-furlong Minaret at Tampa Bay last time out; E. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s graded stakes-placed Mines and Magic; and Damara Farm's Blue Collar round out the field.