01/30/2013 6:37PM

Gulfstream Park: Point of Entry under consideration for trip to Dubai

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Barbara D. Livingston
Point of Entry will run Feb. 9 in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, and then could go to Dubai for the Sheema Classic.

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.

tom More than 1 year ago
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.
Perl More than 1 year ago
POE is more of a stayer than AK. AK isn't bred to run as far and POE would blow him away at 12f.
Joey Santiago More than 1 year ago
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.
nicola c More than 1 year ago
good if he runs in Dubai and then if he runs well why not send him to royal ascot too
B More than 1 year ago
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.
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
Little Mike in the Dubai Duty Free at 1 1/8th. C'mon How do the connection not see this!!!
Perl More than 1 year ago
I'm not so sure the decision is so easy with Little Mike. Though I do tend to think he won't stay 12f in Meydan with that long homestretch. Looking forward to seeing if Point Of Entry can run with some tough Euros. He might be able to.
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
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
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
What dirt? The Dubai World Cup is run on Tapeta which AK trained over at Fair Hill. Gotta love your pen name!
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
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.
Chuck Baxter More than 1 year ago
At anonymous Don't think Wise Dan ducked anybody including Animal Kingdom who he beat in the Mile!!!!!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Why did that Anon creep drag Dan into this?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
OK, the Anons won't sign in BUT they are out en force...
Mike More than 1 year ago
More like Frankel ducking Wise Dan - P.S. Between no drugs - the heat - we will probably run 11-12-13
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Thanks for your support.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Barbara Bowen More than 1 year ago
What are you ducking by posting as Anonymous?
Perl More than 1 year ago
Not that I think WiseDan is ducking anyone but if I had the horse he would definitely be running in the duty free. Five million good reasons to run in that race. But keep inundate his owner is an elderly man who might just wish to see him running in the states. If it were me I'd be headed to the Burj al Arab and getting a suite that normally costs $10k/night on the house. But alas I don't own the horse.
Perl More than 1 year ago
keep in mind not "inundate."
B More than 1 year ago
Isn't that exactly how Zenyatta's career was handled? That was this great mare's only criticism throughout her career.
Mary Raymond More than 1 year ago
I always thought you "pick your fights"& that the connections managed her very well. Training a horse that stood over 17hh must be a nightmare to keep sound for as long as they did, only my opinion.........Bert D
Mary Raymond More than 1 year ago
If anyone else had her maybe she wouldn't have lasted as long - just a thought...Bert D
Mary Raymond More than 1 year ago
I was about to comment Anon but have now realized it's a complete & utter waste of time...........Bert D
Eddie Smith More than 1 year ago
Stephen Foster, WO Mile, Shadwell Mile, BC Mile is ducking the competition?