01/30/2011 7:09PM

Pomeroys Pistol uses familiarity with Gulfstream's track to pull 9-1 upset in Forward Gal


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. -   Dancinginherdreams and R Heat Lightning had attracted all the pre-race publicity coming into Sunday’s $200,000 Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream Park, but Pomeroys Pistol had a race over the track. That factor likely provided just enough of an advantage for Pomeroys Pistol to register a surprising three-quarter-length victory over the previously undefeated Dancinginherdreams with Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up R Heat Lightning finishing another 3 1/2 lengths farther back in the Grade 2 sprint for 3-year-old fillies.       

Pomeroys Pistol, a homebred daughter of Pomeroy owned by trainer Amy Tarrant’s Hardacre Farm LLC, had finished a game second here on opening day in the Grade 3 Old Hat. That made her the only member of the Forward Gal field to have had a race over the track and the only one aside from Devilish Lady to have run at all at 3.

Pomeroys Pistol was eased up inside Third Chance and Devilish Lady by jockey Paco Lopez to contest the pace from the outset of the seven- furlong Forward Gal. Pomeroys Pistol was able to discourage her early competition and drew well clear once settling into the stretch, then held off Danginginherdreams’s belated rally while drifting out near the middle of the track approaching the wire.

Dancinginherdreams, allowed to settle at the rear of the pack in the run down the backstretch, was angled out extremely wide by jockey Julien Leparoux leaving the final turn, then  finished resolutely once straightened away only to run out of ground. The loss was her first in three career starts.

Pomeroys Pistol covered the distance in 1:22.89 and paid $20.40.

“We are ecstatic with this win,” Tarrant said in the winner’s circle. “It’s the first time I’ve ever won a Grade 2 race with one of my homebreds. I was a little concerned with the short time between races but I didn’t know where to put her if I didn’t do this. I was a little worried when she took the lead right from the beginning but she was committed breaking from the inside and Paco did a wonderful job.”

Tarrant said she would consider the Grade 2, one-mile Davona Dale on Feb. 26 for Pomeroys Pistol’s next start.