06/09/2013 10:37AM

Belmont Park: Point of Entry to have surgery on 'slight' condylar fracture


ELMONT, N.Y. – Point of Entry emerged from his victory in the Manhattan Handicap on Saturday at Belmont Park with a “slight condylar fracture” of his left hind cannon bone, trainer Shug McGaughey said Sunday morning at Belmont.

McGaughey said Point of Entry was to leave Sunday for the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., where noted surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage would perform surgery this week. McGaughey said he believed only one screw might be needed to close the fracture, leading to hope that Point of Entry could return to racing.

Asked if he thought Point of Entry could even make the Breeders’ Cup in November, McGaughey said, “That’s what I’m hoping,” adding that he would know more about the horse’s future after the operation.

McGaughey said Point of Entry cooled out fine after the race Saturday, but that the ankle was swollen Sunday, and X-rays revealed the fracture.

Point of Entry’s win Saturday was his fifth in a Grade 1 race. He has won seven times in his last eight starts, the lone loss in that streak coming when he was second in the Breeders’ Cup Turf to Little Mike last fall at Santa Anita.

Point of Entry carried 124 pounds over a yielding course Saturday to win the 1 1/4-mile Manhattan in his first start since February.

“He ran a great race,” McGaughey said. “He’s a really good horse.”

Point of Entry, 5, has won nine times in 17 starts. He is owned by the Phipps Stable and Frank Stronach.

Bryan E More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing. This combined with the unambitious and uninspired plans for Wise Dan and the departure of Animal Kingdom really puts a damper on what could have been an almost unprecedented high quality and excitement in our turf racing. I wish him well though whether he returns or not.
Infinity More than 1 year ago
Go have some fun in the shed..done enough. Nice breeding--should do well.
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Now this is one CLASSY HOMBRE, he is one of the rare one's to race, anyone that follows The Sport Of Kings knows what I'm saying, as for the new comer's the off the wall comment's tell their tail. With that being said, what a shame to have this happen, I truely believed he had a big shot at Horse Of The Year this year, let's hope he recover's quickly and is able to make the West Coast B.C. Turf and once again put on display his raw talent he has. Get Well soon big boy.....................
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
Shug shouldn't have ran Orb or PoE yesterday. Tired horse and a horse that doesn't like the bog.Nice horse but not world class if you need a firm turf to beat the best,which yesterdays field was not
redboy More than 1 year ago
I always been a huge turn off whenever people talk about retiring a horse ,especially over the last couple of years with all of the early retirements of 3 and 4 yo horses (Uncle Mo, Union Rags,Hansen,and the list really does go on and on .Win a Graded stakes and off to the breeding shed. In the case of this Super Classy horse Its been a absolute pleasure watching him perform at the highest level of competition and he derserves a long line of mares His first colt Point of Zen.. Get well soon Point of Entry ,
Sandra Swan More than 1 year ago
Shug brought Personal Ensign back to race with five screws in her ankle so don't count Point of Entry out
Pamela Barnard More than 1 year ago
He is too valuable as a stud. I don 't see Stronach taking such a risk with his investment and nor should he. I would not run a horse with a fracture again even if it only needed one screw.
mrm More than 1 year ago
Turf horse equals no interest at stud
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Sandra Swan More than 1 year ago
She won the Frizette but missed the Breeders Cup
mrm More than 1 year ago
In his case I take that statement back as he is a son of Dynaformer. I do think if there are no problems they will keep racing him.
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
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Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
BTW, Jay, please keep us up to date on PoE.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
I'm praying the surgery and recovery of the beauty that is Point of Entry is successful, uncomplicated and hopeful for his future, wherever that is. My sympathy for all if the connections as well. Take good care of this big guy. We love him!
zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
If he's off to Stud then Thanks to a nice, Nice Horse. He always gave, always.