A quick look at the Saturday overnight of the six stakes races worth
$1.3 million to be run on the Florida Sunshine Millions program at
Gulfstream Park would not easily identify the event as restricted to
Florida-bred runners because more than a third - 17 of the 48 horses
entered - , are ‘open’ Graded stakes winners of a total of 30 Graded
In addition to 2010 Eclipse champion Awesome Feather and 2011 Eclipse
champion Musical Romance, two others (Teaks North and Hooh Why) are
Grade 1 winners while four more have won one or more Grade 2 events.
There are at least two Graded stakes winners in each of the six races,
topped by five of the nine entered in the Filly & Mare Turf.
Pomeroys Pistol Set to Take on Champion in Fillies and Mares Sprint
Despite a slight injury incurred in a stall incident last weekend,
multiple stakes-winner Pomeroys Pistol is expected to challenge Eclipse
champion Musical Romance in Saturday’s $150,000 Florida Sunshine
Millions Fillies and Mares Sprint at Gulfstream Park.
“She’s doing great. She rapped herself behind in her stall. She’s being
treated, but it’s nothing to keep her from running,” trainer Amy
Tarrant said Wednesday morning. “If I think she isn’t 100 percent, of
course, she wouldn’t run.”
The winner of the Forward Gal (2) last year, Pomeroys Pistol returned
to Gulfstream to capture the Sugar Swirl (G3) by two lengths on Dec. 10,
overcoming the rail post position while stalking the early pace along
the inside before jockey Javier Castellano found room outside for her
impressive stretch drive.
“I’m glad we don’t have the one hole in this race,” said Tarrant, whose
4-year-old filly drew the No. 6 post in the field of seven, one spot
inside Musical Romance, the 2011 champion female sprinter and Breeders’
Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner.
The daughter of Pomeroy finished fourth behind Musical Romance in the
Breeders’ Cup, in which she broke uncharacteristically slow from her
far-outside post position, raced wide while maintaining a contending
position, and faltered in the stretch.
Pomeroys Pistol, who has earned $570,178 in 13 lifetime starts, has won
graded stakes at six furlongs, the distance of Saturday’s raced for
Florida-bred fillies and mares, six and a half furlongs and seven