05/13/2013 3:52PM

Belmont Park: Point of Entry works toward Manhattan

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Barbara D. Livingston
Point of Entry, scratched from the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic due to soft turf at Churchill Downs, is being pointed to the Manhattan.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Before trainer Shug McGaughey put Orb on a van bound for Baltimore, he sent out his multiple Grade 1-winning turf star Point of Entry for a half-mile work on the dirt at Belmont Park.

Point of Entry, a bit eager going to the pole, went four furlongs in 49.25.

Point of Entry scratched out of the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic because of the soft turf and is now being pointed to the Grade 1 Manhattan on Belmont Stakes Day (June 8).

“He hadn’t done anything for a while. I’ll come back next Sunday and work him on the turf,” McGaughey said. “He’s been doing really, really good. It’s a shame I didn’t have a place to run him today.”

McGaughey said he didn’t consider this weekend’s Dixie Stakes at Pimlico for Point of Entry in part because he plans to run Imagining in that spot. Imagining, who won a third-level allowance at Keeneland in his last start, worked five furlongs in 1:01.12 on Monday morning on the dirt at Belmont.