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Informed Decision Wins US Gr1 Humana Distaff
George Strawbridge's 4YO mare Informed Decision (Monarchos-Palangana, by His Majesty) notched her 2nd successive Gr1 triumph in 3 weeks since returning from a 6-months spell (& 4th successive stakes win) with a 0.75-length victory in the US$335,000 Gr1 Humana Distaff (7 furlongs) for mares 4YO & up at Churchill Downs. Informed Decision (ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Jonathan Sheppard) defeated 5YO mare Temple Street (Street Cry-Northside Star, by Pulpit) & dead-heating 4YO mares, front-running Dubai Majesty (Essence Of Dubai-Great Majesty, by Great Above) & Modification (Vindication-Swift Alliance, by Afleet). At her previous start, Kentucky-bred Informed Decision (a US$150,000 yearling at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale & then a US$320,000 2YO at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Maryland May Sale) won last month's Gr1 Vinery Madison Stakes (7 furlongs on all-weather) at Keeneland. Overall she now has 7 wins (also including her previous 2 starts in October's Gr2 Raven Run Stakes over 7 furlongs at Keeneland when she set an all-weather track record 1min 20.8sec & earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure, plus September's Listed Missile Belle Stakes over 7 furlongs at Belmont Park) & a placing (the start before in August 2008's Gr3 Victory Ride Stakes over 6 furlongs at Saratoga) from 9 starts for US$772,217 earnings.