Jala Jala holds value in Inside Information

The Grade II, $200,000 Inside Information Stakes highlights the Saturday action at Gulfstream Park. The seven-furlong sprint for fillies and mares attracted eight runners. Post time for the Inside Information Race 11 of 13 on the day, is estimated for 5:37 p.m. EST.

#1 JALA JALA (6-1) has compiled an impressive record in her native Mexico, and her three lifetime efforts at Gulfstream Park are not too shabby either. The daughter of Point Determined won the Caribbean Classic by nine lengths in 2017 before winning last year’s Caribbean Cup Stakes by a comfortable margin. Overlooked at 7-1 in her American graded stakes debut, JALA JALA ran a respectable second in the Royal Delta last time out. Her speed figures stamp her as a legitimate contender in the Inside Information, and Emisael Jaramillo stays aboard.

#5 PINK SANDS (4-1) has taken a liking to Gulfstream, winning her first two starts after beginning her career 1-for-8 on the NYRA circuit. Her sudden progress has prompted trainer  Shug McGaughey to let her try graded stakes company for the first time. If PINK SANDS runs back to either of her two most recent speed figures, she could be a handful in the lane. Tyler Gaffalione picks up the assignment with Jose Ortiz out of town.

#6 TEQUILITA (5-2, morning-line favorite) is a win contender is the Inside Information but appears an undeserving favorite. She’s done well at Gulfstream in the past, compiling a 4-2-1-1 record, but her most recent victory came in a sloppy renewal of the Rampart Stakes. She finished a neck behind JALA JALA with no real excuse in the Royal Delta last time out. TEQUILITA will have Luis Saez in the irons once more.

#8 TERESA Z (3-1) will be rolling late but typically competes at longer distances. The Inside Information has the makings of a prep race for the runaway winner of the 1 1/8-mile Turnback the Alarm, so she’s best used underneath. Joe Bravo has the call.

The play: $3 exacta key box 1/5,6 ($12)

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