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Pomeroys Pistol Defeats Elders in Gallant Bloom

Sophomore filly Pomeroys Pistol easily dispatched her older rivals in the Grade 2, $150,000 Foxwoods Gallant Bloom Handicap, giving jockey Javier Castellano his fourth of five wins on Saturday at Belmont Park.

 

Exiting consecutive runner-up efforts in Grade 1 races against 3-year-olds, Pomeroys Pistol was kept in the clear early by Castellano as she raced in second through an opening quarter in 22.15 seconds. She claimed the lead following a half in 45.02 and widened her margin in the stretch to register a four-length victory as Tamarind Hall gave vain chase in second.

 

“The filly is really strong. She’s so big and talented,” said Castellano. “The way the race unfolded, she put herself in good position, which helped me a lot, and when I asked her she took off. Very nice filly, and very impressive first time against older fillies.”

 

The final time for 6 ½ furlongs was 1:16.60, with Pomeroys Pistol returning $6.10 for a $2 win wager as the 2-1 second choice.

 

Pomeroys Pistol will now be pointed toward a start in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on November 4 at Churchill Downs, according to her owner and trainer, Amy Tarrant.

 

“I thought she was absolutely awesome,” said Tarrant. “It was the best result we could possibly expect: it wasn’t by a nose, it wasn’t by a head. She pretty much dominated, I think, in the race. We’re very excited about it, and now she is going to go home for a nice rest and we’re going to be looking towards the Breeders’ Cup for her. We’ll be staying at Monmouth and shipping out to Kentucky on [October 31].”

 

Pomeroys Pistol, who was second in both the Prioress in June at Belmont and the Test in August at Saratoga, has now won two graded stakes, having taken the Grade 2 Forward Gal in January at Gulfstream Park. Bred in Florida by Hardacre Farm, the daughter of Pomeroy is 4-3-2 in 11 starts and has earned $450,178, including the $90,000 winner’s share of the Foxwoods Gallant Bloom purse.

 

Lovely Lil was third, followed home by Moontune Missy, favored Tar Heel Mom, and Buckleupbuttercup.

 

The five-win day solidified Castellano’s lead in the Belmont fall meet standings, with the rider maintaining a 17-10 edge over second-place rider David Cohen.

 

After winning race 2 with Spring to the Sky ($8.90) and earning a second triumph in race 6, the Noble Nashua overnight stakes for New York-breds, with Johannesburg Smile ($5.40), Castellano swept the final three races aboard Flying Train ($8.30) in race 8, Pomeroys Pistol in race 9, and System Ready ($6.40) in race 10. The all-Castellano late Pick 3 returned $106 for a $2 wager.

 

“It was a great day,” said Castellano. “Thank God everything is going the right way. I am very blessed and very appreciative for all the trainers to give me the opportunity. I never rode for [Amy Tarrant] before, but today we had very good success.”

 


 

 

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