SWORD DANCER INVITATIONAL S.-GI
, $600,000, SAR, 8-18, 3yo/up, 1 1/2mT, 2:26 2/5, fm.
1--POINT OF ENTRY, 123, c, 4, by Dynaformer 1st Dam: Matlacha Pass, by Seeking the Gold
2nd Dam: Our Country Place, by Pleasant Colony
3rd Dam: Maplejinsky, by Nijinsky II
O/B-Phipps Stable (KY); T-Claude R McGaughey III; J-John R Velazquez; $360,000. Lifetime Record: 13-6-2-1, $934,490. *1/2 to Pine Island (Arch), MGISW, $666,800. Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 116, r, 6, Medaglia d'Oro
--Maya, by Capote. ($15,000 yrl '07 KEESEP). O-Brous Stable & Wachtel Stable; B-Emory A Hamilton (KY); T-William I Mott; $120,000.
, 116, c, 4, Dynaformer
--Speed Succeeds, by Gone West. O-Live Oak Plantation; B-Live Oak Stud (FL); T-Thomas Albertrani; $60,000.
Margins: 4, 2HF, 3/4. Odds: 1.40, 7.20, 5.50.
Also Ran: Newsdad, Tahoe Lake (Brz), Hailstone, Center Divider, Game Ball, Turbo Compressor. Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
Point of Entry established himself as the best long-distance turf horse in the country with this authoritative display. The Phipps homebred secured the GII Elkhorn S. at Keeneland Apr. 27 and, after a brief freshening, outkicked his foes in the GI Manhattan H. at Belmont July 14. Breaking from the two hole, he was able to secure a dream trip along the rail in third as second choice Turbo Compressor (Halo's Image) led through fractions of :49.45 and 1:13.77 while shadowed by Center Divider (Giant's Causeway). Newly inducted Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez angled the bay colt to the outside entering the stretch and got an immediate response as Point of Entry bounded clear under a hand ride. "When he found the seam at the quarter pole, it was over," said winning trainer Shug McGaughey. "I was very pleased with the trip. I told him if the pace is fast, you'll know where you'll be, and if it's slow, he'll take you where he wants to go." Winning owner/breeder Ogden Mills Phipps added, "This is a great day for me, and I'm enjoying every minute of it."