Tarrant Hoping Good Year Gets Better in Sugar Swirl
By Brian Skirka
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - It’s been quite a ride for trainer Amy Tarrant and her 3-year-old filly Pomeroys Pistol over the past 12 months.
The daughter of Pomeroy began her 2011 year on Jan. 5 at Gulfstream Park – just a maiden win to her name – by finishing second in the Old Hat (G3) at odds of 34-1. Nearly 10 months to the day later, Pomeroys Pistol crossed the wire fourth, beaten just 3 ¾ lengths as the 6-1 third choice in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1).
In between, Pomeroys Pistol became Grade 1 placed in Belmont’s Prioress and captured both the Forward Gal (G2) at Gulfstream and Gallant Bloom (G2) at Belmont. Tarrant is hoping the filly can punctuate her season Saturday in the $100,000 Sugar Swirl (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
“It’s been an absolutely fabulous year,” said Tarrant, whose Hardacre Farm LLC bred and owns Pomeroys Pistol. “October was a very nervous month for me just counting down the days to the Breeders’ Cup. Getting there was the hard part. Once we shipped to Churchill, that’s when the fun began.”
Pomeroys Pistol was the first Breeders’ Cup starter of Tarrant’s training career which began in 2003.
“This horse is very special to me and everyone in the barn,” Tarrant said. “We call her the queen. She gets a bedding of straw. My other horses get shavings. But she deserves all that she gets because she’s so easy to work with and has such a big heart.”
Pomeroys Pistol showed that heart when she gamely defeated favorite Dancinginherdreams and eventual Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) winner R Heat Lightning in the Forward Gal back in February. The victory was Tarrant’s first graded stakes score with a homebred.
On Saturday, Pomeroys Pistol will look to end her superb 2011 campaign in style in the Sugar Swirl (G3) at six furlongs on the main track.
“Right after the Breeders’ Cup, I gave her three weeks off at the farm and she actually just came to the barn at Palm Meadows (last week),” Tarrant said. “She galloped once around the track on Friday morning and was an absolute steam engine. She’s looking good and apparently feels very good, so we’ll take our shot in the race on Saturday.”
The joy ride was a good one for both Tarrant and Pomeroys Pistol in 2011 and the trainer says the adrenaline rush of starting a horse in the Breeders’ Cup is a feeling she’s looking forward to experiencing again.
“We have some really good looking 2-year-olds turning three this year,” Tarrant said. “I’m fairly confident that’s not the last time we’ll be at the Breeders’ Cup.”