Tar Heel Mom to audition for BC
Updated: September 21, 2011, 7:23 PM ETBy David Grening | Daily Racing Form
ELMONT, N.Y. -- Tar Heel Mom could be running for a spot in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint when she heads a field of seven entered in Saturday's Grade 2, $150,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park. Tar Heel Mom will most likely be retired at the conclusion of the year, so her connections -- trainer Stanley Hough and owner Alex Rankin -- may seek a grand finale, provided Tar Heel Mom runs well in the Gallant Bloom at 6 1/2 furlongs. "If she runs well, we would probably look at the Breeder's Cup," Hough said Wednesday afternoon. "Just because it would be in all probability her last race. If there's something else out there, I don't know of it; I don't think we have anything in New York." Tar Heel Mom has been extremely consistent throughout her career, winning 11 of 29 starts and finishing in the money 13 additional times. She is an eight-time stakes winner, including a 5 3/4-length score in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss at Saratoga on Aug. 7. Following the Honorable Miss, Tar Heel Mom finished second to Hilda's Passion in the Grade 1 Ballerina. While no one was going to beat Hilda's Passion that day, Tar Heel Mom did well to finish second after stumbling badly at the start. "I was happy with that," Hough said. "Seven-eighths is not really her game, but she held up pretty gamely for second. That [stumble] took her out of style of running." Hough said Tar Heel Mom came out of the Ballerina in good order and has worked well twice at Belmont. Alex Solis will ride Tar Heel Mom, the 120-pound highweight, from the rail. "That's the only thing I didn't want to see," Hough said about the rail draw. "She always runs hard. I'm sure she'll run hard again." The Gallant Bloom field includes Test runner-up Pomeroys Pistol, Vagrancy winner Tamarind Hall, Moontune Missy, Buckleupbuttercup, Lively Lil, and Katy Now.