Distinta wins the Inside Information with a center-of-the-course late rally under John Velazquez
VEB Racing Stable Corporation’s Distinta was up just in time to win Saturday’s G2 Inside Information Stakes by a half-length under John Velazquez, earning her first graded stakes victory in the process. The 5-year-old daughter of Summer Bird covered seven furlongs in 1:23.93 on Gulfstream Park’s fast main track for trainer Victor Barboza, Jr.
“My first graded stakes [win] in the United States,” Barboza said. “I won 28 graded stakes in Venezuela. The mare came into my barn for a new owner on May 28 [last year].
“I told [jockey John Velazquez] to watch the replay of her last race. No more. Johnny is very smart.”
Breaking comparatively slowly in the speed-laden field, Distinta was able to relax in sixth position early for Velazquez, tucked in along the rail with favored Curlin’s Approval to her outside in fifth. On the front end, Danessa Again, Dearest and Moment of Delight vied for the lead, with Summer Reading tracking from fourth through early fractions of :22.71 and :45.45.
Mid-way through the far turn, Dearest took over the lead from two-path, with Summer Reading in second and Distinta beginning to make her rally from third. Curlin’s Approval was strung out five-wide on the course, and was never able to gain any ground on the leaders in the stretch.
Dearest looked like an easy winner until Distinta found another gear in mid-stretch, rallying fiercely for Velazquez to just get up by a half-length on the wire. Wheatfield closed right alongside the winner to nose out Dearest for second position, and Mia Torri got up for fourth. The favored Curlin’s Approval had to settle for fifth.
“I warmed her up pretty good,” Velazquez said. “I wanted to be closer to the horses up front. It worked out really well. When I asked her down the lane, she responded really good. I saw her the last time and it looked like she was too far back. She had to make up too much ground.”
Bred in Kentucky by Hargus Sexton, Sandra Sexton and Silver Fern Farm, Distinta went through the sales ring three times as a young Thoroughbred. She brought $ 7,000 as a weanling at Keenland November, then $ 30,000 at the OBS yearling sale, and finally $ 80,000 at the OBS March 2-year-old in training sale. Distinta has been in training with Barboza since last summer, and has steadily been improving, not off the board in six starts for the trainer to culminate in this first graded victory. Overall, Distinta boasts a record of 4-7-3 from 22 starts, with earnings of just under $ 300,000.
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