Under Luca Panici Maryquitecontrary runs away with the Rampart win at Gulfstream Park, Dec. 30, 2022. (Lauren King)
Pegasus News & Notes
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla.— Rodney Lundock’s Florida homebred filly Maryquitecontrary, already a multiple stakes winner with five wins from six career starts, will take on graded company for the first time in Saturday’s $200,000 Inside Information (G2) presented by Brightline at Gulfstream Park.
The seven-furlong Inside Information for fillies and mares 4 and up is the fourth of nine stakes, seven graded, worth $5.4 million in purses on a spectacular 13-race Pegasus World Cup Invitational Series program.
Maryquitecontrary has raced exclusively at Gulfstream and enters the Inside Information having won each of her last four starts, three of them over her elders, returning from a short break to capture the one-mile Rampart by 3 ½ lengths Dec. 31.
Her four prior races each came at seven furlongs, three of them wins including the Sheer Drama against fellow Florida-breds last September.
“Absolutely, we know she likes the mile,” jockey Luca Panici said. “This race is seven furlongs. She’s won before at seven furlongs, so I’m pretty confident that she’ll run good.”
All of Maryquitecontrary’s wins have come with Panici aboard, starting with her debut triumph last June. Her lone loss came in the seven-furlong Azalea last summer, her second career start, with Hall of Famer Edgar Prado aboard.
“She’s undefeated with me, and she runs good. She always tries hard and gives you everything she’s got,” Panici said. “The race is tough, but at this point you have to go ahead against the best. But we belong there.”
Maryquitecontrary drew Post 7 in a field of 10 for the Inside Information that includes Grade 1 winner Obligatory, exiting a fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1); Grade 3-placed Colorful Mischief, second in the Rampart; and fellow stakes winners Famed, Miss Speedy, Diamond Wow, Last Leaf and R Adios Jersey.
“She settles always in the back and has a late push,” Panici said. “It should be a fast race and she’s always coming from behind, and I won’t change her style.”