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Amy Tarrant has High Hopes for Promising Fillies

Posted Saturday, May 19, 2012

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While she may no longer have “The Big Mare” carrying her Hardacre Farm colors, owner and trainer Amy Tarrant is expecting big things from a trio of lightly raced three-year-old fillies in the wake of Pomeroy’s Pistol’s retirement.

             “I nominated her for the grade one Vinery Madison and then noticed that she was a tick off in her right leg,” Tarrant said Pomeroy’s Pistol, who finished fourth in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint last November and then ran fifth in the Florida Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Sprint in her only 2012 start. “It was her knees and the injury was nothing that surgery could fix so I retired her. She earned $600,000 for me and she deserved to enjoy the good life at my farm. She was bred to Smart Strike, so hopefully, I will have a very nice baby coming.”

            It will be a few years before Pomeroy’s Pistol’s foal will be ready to race and meanwhile, Ready Signal, Lady Clara and Street Crew are giving Tarrant plenty of reasons to smile.

            Lady Clara should feel right at home on the Monmouth Park racing strip. She is by Hard Spun, who finished second in both the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational here in 2007. In her last start, Lady Clara finished third in the Busanda Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 7.

           Ready Signal is by More Than Ready, who was fourth in the 2000 Haskell, and Street Crew, sired by Street Cry, is also well bred. Ready Signal was sixth in the Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream on January 22 and Street Crew broke her maiden on the same track on March 15.

            “They are really nice fillies and I’m looking for big things from all three during the meet,” Tarrant said.


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