POMEROY HAZE CONTINUES DOMINANCE AMONG BLUE-COLLAR RACEHORSES AT REMINGTON PARK, WINNING FOR SIXTH TIME HERE
Pomeroy Haze won for the sixth time at Remington Park on Friday night, with most of his victories in the claiming and starter allowance ranks.
Pomeroy Haze loves the Remington Park main surface, winning all six of his races in Oklahoma City on the dirt. The 4-year-old gelded Oklahoma-bred son of Silver Haze, out of the Pomeroy mare Pomeroy Girl, has seven wins lifetime and only one of those victories came away from his home state. He won a $5,000 conditional claiming race at Sam Houston Race Park on Jan. 8 of this year, but then lost five races in a row in Texas after that.
Last year, Pomeroy Haze reeled off three wins in a row from November to the end of the meet in December. He broke his maiden with horses running for a $7,500 claiming tag on Nov. 20, 2020 by 5-1/4 lengths. Two more wins followed against winners in the claiming $7,500 non-winners of two and non-winners of three ranks. He won by 4-1/2 lengths that first time with winners and then by three-quarters of a length, hanging on against non-winners of three. He then won in Houston.
Coming in from Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, where he lost twice in May and July, Pomeroy Haze was so glad to be home. Three-time top rider David Cabrera got back in the saddle and cruised home a winner at first asking this meet on Aug. 21 against first-level Oklahoma-bred allowance horses by 2-1/4 lengths. He then tried the turf and moving up in class and outside of state-bred company to run second on Sept. 1. After that he was second in a state-bred allowance on Sept. 10 before going back to the turf.
The attempt was solid at the stakes level, running third to Shannon C, beaten only three-quarters of a length on the grass in the $70,000 Remington Park Turf Sprint on Sept. 24 against Oklahoma-breds. He then ran sixth in the $40,000 Oklahoma Classics Starter Allowance on Oct. 15 before returning to the winner’s circle on Nov. 4, beating an open first-level allowance bunch in the mud by three-quarters of a length.
The sixth career Remington Park win on Friday was another easy race to the wire against horses that had started for a $5,000 claiming tag in the past two years. Pomeroy Haze won under Cabrera by 2-1/4 lengths as the heavy 4-5 wagering favorite. It was his third win of the meet for him from the barn of trainer Austin Gustafson, who has sent him out seven times this season.
Pomeroy Haze won $10,530 from the $16,521 purse and improved his career record to 19 starts, seven wins, three seconds and two thirds for a bankroll of $118,562. He returned $3.80, $2.40 and $2.10 across the board. The second favorite in the race, Shifty Henty (2-1) was the runner-up, 2-3/4 lengths in front of third-place finisher Knocks Big Thirst (7-1). Running time for the 5-1/2 furlongs race was 1:05.78 over the fast track.
Pomeroy Haze sat just off the shoulder of front-running Shifty Henry before taking over at the top of the stretch. The early fractions were :22.60 for the quarter-mile and :46.67 for the half-mile.
Pomeroy Haze is owned by Michael and Linda Mazoch of Sulphur Springs, Texas
Cabrera won for the 84th time of the meet on his 29th birthday Friday and has a 33-win lead over second-place Stewart Elliott at 51 wins. The most victories Cabrera has ever had in a Remington Park meet was 96 last year. Cabrera also passed the $2 million mark in earnings at Remington Park this year, the only rider to ever accomplish the feat here, doing it three times. He also topped the mark in 2018 and 2020.
Remington Park racing continues Saturday night, Nov. 27with a 7:07 p.m. first post.
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