07/12/2012 2:59PM

Belmont Park: Treasure Beach tries to give O'Brien a Man o' War repeat

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Treasure Beach wins the Grade 1 Secretariat at Arlington last summer. Treasure Beach is back in the United States for Saturday’s Man o’ War.

ELMONT, N.Y. – A year after winning the Grade 1 Man o’ War at Belmont Park with Cape Blanco, trainer Aidan O’Brien has sent the multiple Group 1/Grade 1 winner Treasure Beach to New York for Saturday’s renewal of the $600,000 Man o’ War.

Treasure Beach is the only Grade 1 winner among the eight horses entered in the Man o’ War, scheduled for 1 3/8 miles over the Widener turf course and the last graded stakes to be run at Belmont this meet. The field includes Grade 2 winners Point of Entry, Hudson Steele, and Newsdad.

Based at O’Brien’s Ballydoyle training yard in Ireland, Treasure Beach has already made road trips to Dubai and Hong Kong in 2012 before returning to the United States, where last August he won the Grade 1 Secretariat at Arlington Park.

Treasure Beach, a son of Galileo, ran a respectable fourth in the $5 million Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan in March, before finishing ninth in the Group 1 Piquet Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Sha Tin in Hong Kong.

T.J. Comerford, who has traveled to New York with Treasure Beach, said the combination of a difficult trip from Ireland to Hong Kong as well as yielding ground and a wide trip may have compromised Treasure Beach’s performance that day.

“We got delayed on the way to Hong Kong and that might have upset his routine a bit,” Comerford said. “He didn’t have a great run in Hong Kong, but still at the same time the horse that finished just beside him [Chinchon] came out and won [a Group 1] at Singapore the next time. So it might not have been a bad run after all, and he was drawn very wide in Hong Kong, so it was very hard to have everything right for him on the day.”

Comerford said that Treasure Beach shipped to New York very well and added, “He’s probably in as good a shape here as he’s ever been.”

Treasure Beach has run very well on firm ground, winning the Group 3 Chester Vase in May 2011 and running second in last year’s Irish Derby.

“He’s probably better on quicker ground than yielding ground,” Comerford said.

Jamie Spencer, regular rider of Cape Blanco, has the ride on Treasure Beach.

Point of Entry brings a two-race winning streak into the Man o’ War, having won twice in a 15-day span in April at Keeneland, capped by a victory in the Grade 2 Elkhorn.

Point of Entry has three wins from five starts since trainer Shug McGaughey added blinkers to his equipment. McGaughey believes other factors have played a bigger role in the 4-year-old Dynaformer colt’s success.

“Getting him stretched out and letting him sort of mature,” McGaughey said. “He’s a great big Dynaformer.”

Hudson Steele won the Grade 2 Dixie from just off the pace at 1 1/8 miles before finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Manhattan at 1 1/4 miles. He was on the lead in the Manhattan and may prefer to have a target.

There is not much speed in this race, however, so finding something to run at could be problematic. Joe Bravo rides for Todd Pletcher, a combination that is 3 for 4 in the last month in graded stakes.

Philly Ace, a miler stretching out, and Newsdad, who set a slow pace in the Elkhorn, could possibly try for the early lead.

Tahoe Lake, Center Divider, and Game Ball complete the field.

Avalon Avenger More than 1 year ago
POINT OF ORDER... By the way it is not the "Epsom" Derby - it is THE Derby. It was the original and all others are copies, hence why they're titled "Irish", Kentucky, Etc... ;O) THE Derby http://www.racingpost.com/horses/result_home.sd?race_id=494777&r_date=2011-06-04&popup=yes#results_top_tabs=re_&results_bottom_tabs=ANALYSIS DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH DERBY (GROUP 1) (ENTIRE COLTS & FILLIES) http://www.racingpost.com/horses/result_home.sd?race_id=513299&r_date=2011-06-26&popup=yes#results_top_tabs=re_&results_bottom_tabs=ANALYSIS
Avalon Avenger More than 1 year ago
What do you guys think of Game Ball? Not mentioned anywhere? Treasure Beach may win by the track but your "Firm" is like a car park compared with ours and I won't be touching it. Was going to back Point of Entry and Game Ball win and place but with only 7 runners I assume it's only 2 places? I'm a Brit by the way so forgive any obvious mistakes - I don't back US racing v often...
Phil D More than 1 year ago
Its hard not to think Treasure Beach should win easy, but just in case he has a bad step or he doesn't like Belmont turf probably use Newsdad to get lead and maybe hang on. Tahoe Lake is very interesting to me, always running wide in long distance races but still seems to run good most of the time. Hes got the rail so maybe something left in the tank at the end, up for 2nd or 3rd at a price?
O4theluvofgod More than 1 year ago
Come on at least get the facts right, Treasure Beach finished 2nd in the Epsom Derby and Won the Irish Derby.
Avalon Avenger More than 1 year ago
POINT OF ORDER... By the way it is not the "Epsom" Derby - it is THE Derby. It was the original and all others are copies, hence why they're titled "Irish", Kentucky, Etc... ;O) :O)PPP THE Derby http://www.racingpost.com/horses/result_home.sd?race_id=494777&r_date=2011-06-04&popup=yes#results_top_tabs=re_&results_bottom_tabs=ANALYSIS DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH DERBY (GROUP 1) (ENTIRE COLTS & FILLIES) http://www.racingpost.com/horses/result_home.sd?race_id=513299&r_date=2011-06-26&popup=yes#results_top_tabs=re_&results_bottom_tabs=ANALYSIS
denali1 More than 1 year ago
O'Brien says he likes firm ground and yet he whoops Newsdad's ass in the Arlington million last year buy over 6 lengths on yl turf lol. Real good horse here should win by 3 lengths at least
nicola c More than 1 year ago
i dunno about treasure beach something inside is telling me he will be beat but ill back him to win anyway
Gee More than 1 year ago
Treasure Beach will win if its not soft turf.
PeterG More than 1 year ago
That's going to be the easiest $360,000 that Aiden O'brien ever made. 9/5 would be a gift. Probably go off 3/5.
denali1 More than 1 year ago
are you sure on that peter g?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That's the beauty of it. He SHOULD be 3/5 but he won't be. Foreign runners are almost always overlays. People wil see his last 2 races and where he finished and not bet him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! 7 of Treasure Beach's last 8 races have been in different countries! Hong Kong, UAE, Canada, France twice, America, Ireland and Great Britain. I've never seen a horse run in so many different countries, and all pretty much in a row at that. Point of Entry seems to be at a pace disadvantage.