HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Mathis Stable and Madaket Stables’ Ivy Bell overcame a rough start and tight running room to win her first graded stakes event in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Bobbling slightly after breaking as the even-money favorite from the rail under Javier Castellano, Ivy Bell raced close in mid-pack while Rich Mommy and Moonlit Promise battled up front through fractions of :23.63 and :47.03. Fully loaded through the far turn but lacking room in which to run, Ivy Bell shifted out wide at the top of the stretch and fought to get past Mines and Magic and Jordan’s Henny late before hitting the wire by a length in a final time of 1:23.29 for the 7-furlong main track event.
“I had a perfect trip,” Castellano said. “I saved all the ground, I tipped outside. I was kind of concerned a little because everyone hooked up in the same spot, but I had so much confidence. I really liked the way she worked and the way she finished. I felt comfortable, the way she did it. I rode with a lot of patience and had good results today.”
Jordan’s Henny was a neck past Mines and Magic at the line, with Just Be Kind 5 1/4 lengths behind in fourth. Rich Mommy, Blue Collar, and Moonlit Promise completed the order of finish.
Ivy Bell’s win was her was her first since taking the West Virginia Secretary of State Stakes at Monmouth Park last August. The 5-year-old daughter of Archarcharch improved her record to 16-5-6-1 with career earnings of $373,287.
“We felt confident coming in,” Pletcher said. “She had been training well. She’s had a little history of some quirks around the gate and the paddock. I’m glad she behaved well today. She still broke a little bit on her nose, but she recovered quickly and found a good spot and delivered from there.”
Ivy Bell returned $4 to win, $3.20 to place, and $2.40 to show. Jordan’s Henny brought back $6 to place and $3.80 to show, while Mines and Magic paid $4.80 to show.