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Gulfstream Park: Point of Entry won’t go to Dubai for Sheema Classic
By Mike Welsch
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Despite turning in a huge effort to defeat Animal Kingdom in Saturday’s Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, Point of Entry will not be heading to Dubai for the $5 million Sheema Classic on March 30.
Although Point of Entry’s connections had contemplated earlier this winter making the trip to Dubai to compete on World Cup Day, trainer Shug McGaughey confirmed Monday that the decision has been made to keep him racing exclusively in the United States this season. Point of Entry is owned in partnership by the Phipps Stable and Frank Stronach, who purchased an interest in the now four-time Grade 1 winner several months ago.
“We’ve decided not to go to Dubai, to keep him here with the summer goal being the Arlington Million and the ultimate goal for the year getting back to the Breeders’ Cup,” McGaughey said. “I just didn’t want to send him to Dubai for that race and then look up in September and have him be worn out.”
McGaughey said Point of Entry’s next start would either come at Keeneland or possibly on Kentucky Derby Day in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs.
sounds like a shabby excuse to me. you nominate your horse for dubai in march. you win the prep race and say he is going to be worn out ?? the arlington million is 5 months later. then there is more than 2 months for the breeders cup. little mike won the AP million and b.c. turf. american horses dominated european invaders last year. is this really how drug dependant the american turf horses are ?
I think that was the smartest thing to do is keep him here. He is a champion. That wasted time on getting him ready for what I believe is clock wise, not counter clock wise like we do it here. That is taught during the training. When you bring them back you have to train them the opposite way again. It is a big waste of time. There are plenty of sweet turf races all spring, summer, and fall!
The horse may have tired badly after his last race as well. He has been constantly racing for 12-14 months without a real break..always in training and racing in Gr. I races. I am sure if the horse was fresh and able to deliver his top best he would have shipped for the world championship. For a few owners and breeders like Mr Phipps and Mr. Stronach, they truly race for the sport and I've never met a sportsman who shied away from a race or a challenge. This keep the horse in the USA is a limited a blind short sighted view of the sport of horse racing, and it is with such mentality, and lack of imagination and absence of an adeventerous spirit that thoroughbred racing may not thrive much in the USA.
We really need our superstars to stay on our tracks as much as possible! Every time one emerges we loose a horse to injury ,stud duty or shipped or sold out of country.
Way to go Shug,keep that great animal here in the states...great opportunity to see him winning few top races before the year ends. Definitely he's one of my favorites.
I would agree.
Smart smart smart!
Mr McGaughey knows that Dubai is the black hole of racing, 10 million dollars for the world cup? 5 million for the sheema classic? That type of money is disgusting and used to lure in those that lust for riches through pure greed. NOT SPORT
Thank You, Mr. Phipps, Mr. Stronach,and Shug. GREAT MOVE!!!!!!!!!
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