Biancone, Pomeroy Set Their Sights on Vosburgh
Updated: Saturday, October 1, 2005 2:27 PM
Posted: Thursday, September 29, 2005 3:21 PM
A field of 10 horses has been drawn for Saturday's 66th running of the Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I). The Patrick Biancone-trained Pomeroy, winner of the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga, looks to add his name to a list of recent Vosburgh stars that includes Pico Central and Ghostzapper.
A 4-year-old son of Boundary
out of the Seeking the Gold
mare Questress, Pomeroy was bred in Kentucky by Cherry Valley Farm. He races for partners Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, who purchased the colt for $300,000 at the 2003 Fasig-Tipton Florida select 2-year-olds in training sale.
After winning the King's Bishop Stakes (gr. I) at the Spa in the summer of 2004, Pomeroy didn't race again until April of this year, running seventh in the Shakertown Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland's spring meet. Prior the Vanderbilt score, Pomeroy tuned up with an easy allowance-optional claiming win at Monmouth under Joe Bravo, who will get leg up from Biancone on Saturday.
With earnings of $593,050 and winning or placing in eight graded stakes, the early-running Pomeroy should be one of the main threats on the front. A bullet work (4f, :47.81) on Wednesday was the best of 54 at the distance over Saratoga's Oklahoma training track.
He and Bravo will start the six-furlong test from post 8.
The Bobby Frankel-trained Mass Media, on top in the Sept. 3 Forego Stakes (gr. I) at seven furlongs, looks to be a threat. Bred in Kentucky by Charlotte Weber's Live Oak Stud, Mass Media carries the colors of owners Gary and Mary West.
By Touch Gold
, and out of the Forty Niner mare Sultry Allure, Mass Media has the pedigree to match this group and has shown early speed in his six wins. The 4-year-old colt took to the Belmont track for a Sept. 25 work (5f, 1:03.41) and knows his home well.
Javier Castellano, aboard in the Forego, gets the call from Frankel.
Also ready for battle is the impressive son of Holy Bull
, Woke Up Dreamin. The team of trainer Bob Baffert and owner Mike Pegram have a top-notch older sprinter on their hands and a trip to the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) is surely in the cards should this 5-year-old continue on his impressive path.
Bred in Kentucky by Harbor View Farm, Woke Up Dreamin took grade II events by daylight in the July 10 Smile Sprint Handicap and the June 11 True North Breeders' Cup Handicap. He posted a sensational work (5f, :59.40) Sept. 25 at Santa Anita prior to shipping and should be able to get our near the front from post position five.
Mike Smith, aboard in both of the last two wins, will ride.
Silver Wagon, Uncle Camie, Lion Tamer, Tiger Heart, I'm the Tiger, Unfurl the Flag, and Taste of Paradise make up the field from the rail out.Vosburgh Handicap (gr. I), Bemont Park, Saturday, Oct. 1, 3-year-olds and upward, six furlongs, 124 pounds, $500,000.
1--Silver Wagon, Jerry Bailey
2--Uncle Camie, Eibar Coa
3--Lion Tamer, John Velazquez
4--Tiger Heart, Edgar Prado
5--Woke Up Dreamin, Mike Smith
6--I'm the Tiger, Robby Albarado
7--Mass Media, Javier Castellano
8--Pomeroy, Joe Bravo
9--Unfurl the Flag, Corey Nakatani
10--Taste of Paradise, Garrett Gomez
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