Tar Heel Mom to audition for BC

Updated: September 21, 2011, 7:23 PM ET
By 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.

Plans for Unbridled Humor, Shared Account

Trainer Graham Motion was obviously pleased with Unbridled Humor's victory in Sunday's Noble Damsel at Belmot and wasn't as disappointed as one might think in Shared Account's sixth-place finish in the Canadian at Woodbine.

Motion said Wednesday that Unbridled Humor, who won the Noble Damsel by 1 3/4 lengths Sunday, would be pointed to the Grade 3, $100,000 Athenia Stakes here Oct. 15. Meanwhile, Motion said that Shared Account would be pointed to the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf on Nov. 4 at Churchill. Shared Account won last year's BC Filly and Mare Turf at odds of 46-1.

"I don't think she ran a bad race," Motion said about Shared Account, who was beaten 3 1/2 lengths while finishing sixth behind Never Retreat. "She ran like a horse that needed a race. As much as you train them, you can't make up for having a race."

Shared Account has only raced twice this year, finishing fourth in the Gallorette in May before the Canadian.

Meanwhile, Motion was happy to see Unbridled Humor bounce back from her seventh-place finish in the Diana with her score in the Noble Damsel in which she ran a mile in 1:34.09 and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 92

"Very impressive," Motion said. "I thought the race was very fast, and she did it very easily."