09/24/2011 6:27PM

Belmont Park: Pomeroys Pistol pulls away in Gallant Bloom

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Pomeroys Pistol, with Javier Castellano riding, wins the Gallant Bloom.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Pomeroys Pistol ($6.10), who had settled for second-best in the Prioress and Test in midsummer, was a much-the-best winner over five older fillies and mares in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park.

Pomeroys Pistol, whose only prior graded stakes score had come in the Grade 2 Forward Gal at Gulfstream Park back in January, pressed 18-1 longshot Moontune Missy through early fractions of 22.15 and 45.02 seconds, took over approaching the stretch and pulled clear to win by four lengths in 1:16.60 for 6 1/2 furlongs over a drying-out track that had just been upgraded from muddy to good.

"The way the race unfolded she put herself in good position, which helped me a lot, and when I asked her, she took off," said Javier Castellano, who was notching the fourth of his five victories of the afternoon. "Very nice filly, and very impressive first time against older fillies."

Owned and trained by Amy Tarrant, Pomeroys Pistol earned $90,000 for her fourth win from 11 career starts.

"I thought she was awesome," said Tarrant. "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 toward the Breeders' Cup (Filly & Mare Sprint) for her. We'll be staying at Monmouth and shipping out to Kentucky on (Oct. 31)."

Tamarind Hall out-finished Lovely Lil for second by 1 1/2 lengths. It was 1 3/4  lengths farther back to a weakening Moontune Missy in fourth. The order of finish was completed by Tar Heel Mom, the 120-pound highweight, who checked in a lackluster fifth at even money, and Buckleupbuttercup, who trailed throughout.