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Gulfstream Park: Point of Entry under consideration for trip to Dubai
By Mike Welsch
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Animal Kingdom may not be the only horse using the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap on Feb. 9 as a possible stepping-stone for a race on the Dubai World Cup card six weeks later.
Trainer Graham Motion is using the Gulfstream Park Turf as a prep for Animal Kingdom for the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 30. His colleague, Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey, confirmed Friday that he is considering taking Point of Entry to Dubai for the $5 million Sheema Classic, to be run at 1 1/2 miles on the grass at Meydan on World Cup Night.
The Phipps Stable sold an interest in homebred Point of Entry to Gulfstream Park’s chairman Frank Stronach in December. Point of Entry has not started since finishing a late-surging second behind Little Mike in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. That setback snapped a five-race winning streak for Point of Entry which included three Grade 1 victories.
“We’ve got Dubai penciled in on the schedule, but it’s not etched in stone, only the race on February 9th is etched in stone at this point,” McGaughey said by phone from Ocala, Fla., on Wednesday. “But the race in Dubai is a mile and one-half over firm turf for a lot of money, so it’s something we’ve been thinking about. He’ll run in the first one here and we’ll see after that.”
John Velazquez is the regular rider for Point of Entry. Velazquez is also named to ride Little Mike when he makes his 2013 debut on March 9 in Dubai. If both horses wind up running in the Sheema Classic, Velazquez would stay with Point of Entry and trainer Dale Romans will have to find another jockey for Little Mike, who could also be under consideration for the World Cup.
I think this is great news. I just hope that Point of Entry's confidence isn't shaken too bad when AK scorches him in the last 1/8 of the race. POE, Little Mike, and AK would all be excellent ambassadors for the US. All are seemingly in great form and possess great late closing speed. Good trips is all they need.
wise dan the best american turf horse who has beat the best of the rest,while not ducking anybody,we need more like him,but becouse we retired every good horse to stud we do a disservice to the industry.before wise came up the europeans started send the weakest horses here becouse they believed we had no good horses,that is until wise dan,sent them packing,& if he gets better watchout!!!!!!!!,he is our champion wen i saw that BC MILE & BROKE THE RECORD i WAS SOOOOOO HAPPY THAT HAD A CHAMPION IN THE MAKING A RISING STAR,THE EUROPEANS BETTER SEND THEIR BEST THIS TIME AROUND.
good if he runs in Dubai and then if he runs well why not send him to royal ascot too
I have a soft spot for Animal Kingdom that I am trying to get rid of due to how they are going to cut off his career earlier than what is good for the sport this year. Last year left much to be desired, but if Point of Entry, Little Mike, Wise Dan, Fort Larned & Game On Dude stay healthy and successful, maybe this will be a more interesting and rewarding year and Royal Delta could help as well. Any top notch 4 year old males will have to come out of the blue with what occurred last year unless Paynter comes back strong, which is a bit unlikely I unfortunately have to predict, though I'd be happy to be quite wrong.
Little Mike in the Dubai Duty Free at 1 1/8th. C'mon How do the connection not see this!!!
Animal Kingdom on dirt I just don't see him being that good like he is on Turf, but for 10million I would say dirt suits him just fine, as for Little Mike not sure what to think, he got scary good last year like he seemed to be getting better as the year went on, who knows, this year will tell the story of Little Mike, is he getting better with age ? Or was last year just a good year for L.M. and his connections
Now that is something to look forward to, Point of Entry going to Dubai, he would be the best hope the Americans have of winning a race in Dubai or anywhere else P.O.E. runs. He is scary good and he is even better this year. Point of Entry one to watch this year.
At anonymous Don't think Wise Dan ducked anybody including Animal Kingdom who he beat in the Mile!!!!!
More like Frankel ducking Wise Dan - P.S. Between no drugs - the heat - we will probably run 11-12-13
And as always Wise Dan ducking all the competition,he does not want to face Animal Kingdom or Point of Entry or Little Mike,always looking for the easy way. This is another example of last year.
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