10/01/2012 3:58PM

Belmont Park: Point of Entry streaks into Breeders' Cup Turf

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Tom Keyser
Point of Entry handles the yielding turf and overcomes a slow pace to win his fifth straight race in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Shug McGaughey will ship Joe Hirsch Turf Classic winner Point of Entry to Southern California with confidence, knowing that his horse will get a course firmer at Santa Anita than the one he ran on Saturday at Belmont Park.

Point of Entry ran his winning streak to five straight – and three consecutive Grade 1’s – with his 1 3/4-length victory in the Joe Hirsch, run on yielding turf that his connections didn’t think he particularly liked.

Also, Point of Entry overcame dawdling early fractions to get the victory. He added the Joe Hirsch to earlier Grade 1 victories in the Sword Dancer Invitational and Man o’ War.

“I was very proud of his race, because I thought he was able to overcome not the best racing scenario and soft ground that I don’t think he was particularly fond of,” McGaughey said.

McGaughey believes that a strong showing by Point of Entry in the Breeders’ Cup Turf should not only put the horse in line for an Eclipse Award as North America’s champion male turf horse, but it should also put him in the discussion for Horse of the Year.

“I think that should be looked at,” McGaughey said. “We’ll see how he does in the Breeders’ Cup, but I think with his winning streak and how dominant he has been in some of his races that an Eclipse Award should be in his sight if he makes a decent effort out there.”

Drawing on past successes with Lure, who won the Mile at Santa Anita in 2003, and Dancing Forever, who ran third in the Turf at Santa Anita in 2008, McGaughey is considering shipping Point of Entry to Southern California in time to get a work over the turf course.

“The two times I ran on the turf out there that I ran good, both horses worked on the turf course, so I have that in my mind,” McGaughey said.

Meanwhile, trainer Dale Romans said he would see how Little Mike trains in Kentucky before deciding whether to run him in the Turf at 1 1/2 miles or cut him back in distance to the Mile.

Romans said Little Mike did not handle the soft turf when finishing fifth in the Joe Hirsch.

ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Good for you Point of Entry - now do your sire proud.
Perl More than 1 year ago
POE will be a huge favorite running on a surface he has never run on before. I smell an upset.
denali1 More than 1 year ago
Acclamation can run all he wants POE can run down anyone with his turn off foot. They tried to beat him swinging him 10 wide and he still blew them away on a yielding turf no less. If he trains up to the BC and there's still fuel in his tank. I would put him up against anybody. Shug knows is horses my friend!!
AZ Wildcat More than 1 year ago
I think you are discounting Acclamation a bunch, he will clip off :24 quarters till the cows come home. Why not just give both horses their due and let them settle it on the track?
Philip C More than 1 year ago
Honestly, who has Acclamation beaten? The best horse he ran against was Fluke and he lost that race.
Dawood K More than 1 year ago
David Grening, go back to the drawing board. Get back after you are all done with Goliath. What a poor statement about the info on Lure. No excuses man.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
I can tell you this if Acclamation runs POE has no chance of catching him.
Peter Siipola More than 1 year ago
you may be right bit my $$ will be on shugs entry
B More than 1 year ago
I love Acclamation who was my choice for HOY last year, but I'm not sure he's ever met a horse quite as good as this one seems to be. Add in his limited racing this year and long lay off to go a mile and a half against POE is probably asking a bit too much. I like both, so a one, two finish would be great.
Peter Siipola More than 1 year ago
no way can he put LM through that again---hes gotta go in the mile----that race wiill be even tougher than last sat was
twitiznow More than 1 year ago
Bring on the euros!!!!
Perl More than 1 year ago
Great to see shug back with a potential champion.
Mike B More than 1 year ago
If I'm not mistaken, Lure won the BC mile in 1993, not 2003
Peter Siipola More than 1 year ago
he won it in consecutive runnungs
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Of course he did. Leave the proof reading to the english teachers.
Alex More than 1 year ago
These are the type of owners and trainers we should be rooting for. Such a contrast from people like Pletcher and Repole.
Steve More than 1 year ago
I'd rather root for Pletcher and Repole. Repole puts more real money into the game. Rather than just inheriting a power stable without making it any better than it was when you got it.
Peter Siipola More than 1 year ago
i guess you root for the yankees---it is much harder to breed than to buy---is it their fault that their ancestors made the right moves at the right time?---we all wish we were that lucky
Peter Siipola More than 1 year ago
they play by the rules and breed their own---and do not rush shug EVER---they make suggestions but he has the final say----they are true men of the turf---harder to find such gentlemen as time goes on---he has the best job in racing