Saturday, Belmont Park
JOE HIRSCH TURF CLASSIC INVITATIONAL S.-GI,
$600,000, BEL, 9-29, 3yo/up, 1 1/2mT, 2:33 3/5, yl.
1--POINT OF ENTRY, 126, 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: 14-7-2-1, $1,294,490. *1/2 to Pine Island (Arch), MGISW, $666,800. Werk Nick Rating: A +++ *Triple Plus*. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Treasure Beach (GB)
, 126, c, 4, Galileo (Ire)
--Honorine (Ire), by Mark Of Esteem (Ire). (180,000gns wlng '08 TATDEC). O-Mrs Fitriani Hay, Derrick Smith, Mrs John Magnier & Michael B Tabor; B-Ashley House Stud (GB); T-Aidan P O'Brien. $120,000.
, 126, g, 5, Dynaformer
--Amelia, by Dixieland Band. ($500,000 yrl '08 KEESEP). O-Kenneth L & Sarah K Ramsey; B-Alexander, Groves & Matz LLC (KY); T-Michael J Maker. $60,000.
Margins: 1 3/4, 2HF, 10 1/4. Odds: 0.75, 4.50, 23.80.
Also Ran: Finnegans Wake, Little Mike, Hailstone.Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
A nine-time winner from 55 starters on Breeders' Cup day, trainer Shug McGaughey has been represented by just a pair of unplaced runners in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf. Point of Entry will ship to California as America's best hope in the 12-furlong event after recording a fifth consecutive victory in Saturday's Joe Hirsch Turf Classic.
A maiden winner [rained off the turf] in five tries on the dirt, Point of Entry cleared his first allowance condition going 11 panels on the Gulfstream grass last December, but was no better than fourth over nine furlongs at the next level Feb. 26. It's been nothing but blue skies since. An easy winner of a 12-furlong Keeneland allowance Apr. 12, he was back on 15 days' rest for the GII Elkorn S. over the same course and distance and scored by 1 1/2 lengths. Given a breather with an eye on some of the bigger turf marathons later in the season, the homebred proved easily best in the 11-furlong GI Man O'War S. at this venue July 14 and most recently overcame a bit of traffic trouble with a scintillating turn of foot to add Saratoga's GI Sword Dancer Invitational S. by a resounding four lengths Aug. 18.
Little Mike (Spanish Steps), the GI Arlington Million hero, made an easy lead--as expected--with Treasure Beach handier than normal and Point of Entry forwardly placed while saving ground. The front-runner had things very much his own way and took them past halfway in a pedestrian 1:18.16, but called it a day soon after, and Treasure Beach inherited the lead. The Irish-raider took them around the sweeping final turn and drifted out entering the stretch, but he could not resist the onrushing Point of Entry, who struck the front a furlong from home and went on to an easy score.
"The turf scared me more than anything," McGaughey admitted. "I knew it would be a walking race, and he's got enough tactical speed where he can lay where he wants to, and it worked out fine. I hope he comes back fine, and we'll go out there [to Santa Anita Park for the Breeders' Cup Turf] and catch a firm turf out there, and I think they'll really see what he can do."
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