06/11/2011 6:15PM

Monmouth Park: Class drop helps Pomeroys Pistol get job done in Just Smashing

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Pomeroys Pistol, a Grade 2 winner in January, captures the Just Smashing by 4 1/2 lengths.

The drop after four consecutive appearances in Grade 2 and Grade 3 stakes competition helped Pomeroys Pistol regain her best form Saturday in Monmouth Park’s $75,000 Just Smashing Stakes.

Third after the first half-mile of the six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares, Pomeroys Pistol ($5.80) made a three-wide move into the stretch, closed willingly on the outside, and pulled away to win by 4 1/2 lengths. Her time on a fast track was 1:09.02.

It was the first win for Pomeroys Pistol since she took the Grade 2, seven-furlong Forward Gal in late January at Gulfstream Park. She subsequently was third in the Grade 2 Davona Dale and a dull sixth in last month’s Grade 3 Eight Belles at Churchill Downs.

“The only thing I was concerned with today was whether or not she was going to be tough to saddle before the race,” said trainer Amy Tarrant.  “Last time at Churchill, she was washy and a little too excited. There were a ton of people there that day. Today she was perfect. 

“Chris did a great job of keeping her off the pace and when the front two were getting tired, she was just getting going.”

Maple Forest, the Todd Pletcher-trained pacesetter under Joe Bravo, settled for second, 4 ½ lengths clear of Honey Chile, the 7-5 favorite.

Rumson: Three in a row for Zero Rate Policy

Zero Rate Policy emerged from a three-horse battle for the lead at the top of the stretch and drew off to his third straight victory in the $75,900 Rumson Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters.

Challenged early by 15-1 longshot Brother in Arms, Zero Rate Policy also felt pressure from Regal Revenge, who made a three-wide move on the turn to put three horses within a half-length of each other with a quarter-mile remaining in the six-furlong sprint. Zero Rate Policy ($3.80) responded when asked for his best by jockey Carlos Marquez Jr. and sprinted clear to win by 4 3/4 lengths while completing the distance on a fast track in 1:08.94.

Razmataz, the 9-5 second choice in a field of six, rallied along the inside to get second by a neck over Bother in Arms.

Trained by Terri Pompay for Klaravich Stables and W.H. Lawrence, Zero Rate Policy is now 3 for 3 since finishing second in his career against Florida-bred at Gulfstream Park in March.