POMEROY HAZE WINS HIS FOURTH IN A ROW AT REMINGTON PARK, TAKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF LAST YEAR
No matter where he has been or how he has run away from Oklahoma City, when Pomeroy Haze shows up for his Remington Park fall stint, count on the winning to continue.
The 4-year-old gelding by Silver Haze, out of the Pomeroy mare Pomeroy Girl, won his fourth race in a row here on Saturday night, in the featured allowance race for Oklahoma-breds at six furlongs. Three-time defending champion rider here, David Cabrera, had Pomeroy Haze in perfect striking distance with a half mile to go in mid-pack on the rail. As the two turned for home, Cabrera guided him into the 2-path between horses while moving to the lead, then riding the rail home for the win.
In the past five races since Pomeroy Haze left Remington Park, he has only hit the board (finishing first, second or third) one time. That was on the grass at Sam Houston Race Park on March 11 as the runner-up in $10,000 claiming company. The other four races saw him run fourth, sixth, seventh and ninth. Put him on Oklahoma soil and his hooves find the magic again.
In his last three races in 2020 at Remington Park, the gelding trained by Austin Gustafson broke his maiden by 5-1/4 lengths with Oklahoma-bred $7,500 claimers on Nov. 20. He then beat Oklahoma-bred $7,500 claiming non-winners of two on Dec. 8. He followed that up four days later, winning on Dec. 12 against Oklahoma-bred $7,500 claiming non-winners.
In his first start of the new Remington Park season on Saturday, it was as if the past five races away never happened, the heart, speed and winning skein reappeared for Pomeroy Haze. The score was his fourth win in seven tries at Remington Park for owners Michael and Linda Mazoch of Sulphur Springs, Texas. Pomeroy Haze took home $23,970 from the $41,650 first-level allowance purse. He improved his record to 13 starts, five wins, one second and one third for $57,625 in earnings. Of that money, $44,517 has been earned at Remington Park. He was bred in Oklahoma by Steven T. Cook.
Pomeroy Haze went off at 7-2 odds and won by 2-1/4 lengths in the sprint. His winning time was 1:11.08 over the fast track. He chased early fractions, set by Magna Punch and then Yankee Indian, of :22.52 for the first quarter-mile, :46.62 for the half-mile, and :58.85 for five-eighths of a mile. The 9-5 wagering favorite, Wranglered could do no better than eighth in the 10-horse field. The winner returned $9 to win, $4.80 to place and $3.80 to show to his backers.
Okie Strong got up for second, 1-1/2 lengths ahead of third-place finisher Yankee Indian. Both of those horses were 18-1 at post time.
The young Remington Park season continues on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 27 & 28, with the first race at 7:07pm-Central. The headliner on Friday night is an allowance event at six furlongs, featuring three-time defending Remington Park Horse of the Meeting Welder. The 8-year-old gelding will attempt to become the all-time leader in local wins in his first start of the meeting.
Tracked by more than 167,000 fans on Facebook and 10,400 Twitter followers, Remington Park has provided more than $269 Million to the State of Oklahoma general education fund since the opening of the casino in 2005. Located at the junction of Interstates 35 & 44, in the heart of the Oklahoma City Adventure District, Remington Park features live and simulcast horse racing, and the casino is always open! The 2021 Thoroughbred Season continues through Dec. 17. Visit remingtonpark.com for more information.