Pembroke Hall Wins Rocket Man; Caller One 3rd

Pembroke Hall Wins Rocket Man; Caller One 3rd
Photo: Jim Lisa
Pembroke Hall wins the unique, 2-furlong Rocket Man Stakes during the Summit of Speed at Calder Race Course.
Favored Pembroke Hall won the $50,000 Rocket Man at Calder Race Course Saturday as two-time Golden Shaheen (UAE-I) winner Caller One finished third in his first race since May 11,2002.

Pembroke Hall, a 7-year-old Pembroke gelding, notched his first stakes win in 35 career starts in the quarter-mile Rocket Man. It was his 10th straight win, all two furlongs. The previous victories came in claiming competition at Fort Erie.

Pembroke Hall finished a head in front of Love My Mountain, who was a half-length better than Caller One, who won the Golden Shaheen in 2001 and 2002.

Caller One, who was retired with a fractured sesamoid, ran well in his comeback at odds of 3-1. He broke fifth for Abdiel Toribio and was making up ground down the lane.

Pembroke Hall broke on top from the inside post for Martin Ramirez, drifted a bit in midstretch after opening up a one-length advantage and was all out to hold off Love My Mountain and Cornelio Velasquez. The final time was :21.65 over a fast track.

Donald McRae trains Pembroke Hall for Darryl B. Jackson. Now a winner of 15 of 35 starts, the $30,000 winner's share pushed his career earnings to $271,713. Gary Biszantz's Cobra Farm bred Pembroke Hall, who is out of the Explosive Bid mare Eurostar.

Caller One, trained for his comeback by Laura Posada, last ran in the Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Sprint (Sing-III), finishing 12th. He was fourth to Kona Gold in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).

(Chart, Equibase)

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