04/09/2013 4:29PM

Keeneland notes: Point of Entry pointed for Woodford Reserve on Kentucky Derby undercard

Tom Keyser
Point of Entry defeated Animal Kingdom in winning his only start this year, the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.

Point of Entry, the turf standout trained by Shug McGaughey, had his first work since moving north from Florida, breezing a half-mile Monday in 48.20 seconds over the Keeneland Polytrack.

McGaughey is pointing Point of Entry to the next major race in the older-horse turf division, the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on the Kentucky Derby undercard. Point of Entry, an earner of more than $2 million, defeated Animal Kingdom in winning his only start this year, the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap on Feb. 9.

Gathering headed up

Emollient, the runaway winner of the Grade 1 Ashland, wasn’t the only filly to have the huge crowd buzzing here last Saturday.

A 4-year-old named Gathering had a similar effect, overcoming a terrible start to win a first-level turf-route allowance by 3 1/4 lengths and galloping out far in front under Rosie Napravnik.
“We were delighted, of course,” said Jonathan Sheppard, the Hall of Fame trainer who was entrusted with the care of Gathering after longtime client George Strawbridge Jr. turned the filly over to him this winter. “The filly had been training steadily, but not spectacularly. I thought the level of competition was a reason for confidence. It all actually worked out quite well.”

Sheppard said Gathering, a homebred by Street Cry, probably will try graded stakes company next out in either the Bewitch here April 25 or the Churchill Downs Distaff Mile on the May 4 Derby undercard. “We’ll keep our options open,” he said.

** Charming Kitten and Palace Malice, along with two of the Oaks favorites, Dreaming of Julia and Unlimited Budget, were among a shipment of Pletcher-trained horses to arrive Monday evening at Churchill following an uneventful van ride from Florida.

Steve Sanft More than 1 year ago
I love Point of Entry, but he is not beating Wise Dan at this distance off a layoff
WILL More than 1 year ago
russell More than 1 year ago
Some on this site have said POE is the best American turf horse since Manilla. Don't know if I agree because to me Lure was better than both. But he is a very special horse with already 4 GR 1's. Shug is back with Orb and POE.
Perl More than 1 year ago
I like that they are bringing POE back at 9f on Derby Day. He will be tough to beat though.
B More than 1 year ago
For whatever it's worth, I thought she was very impressive. I didn't think she had the slightest chance after the break.
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
I was at Keeneland on Saturday and I bet on Gathering. She got out of the gate so bad that I pretty much gave up on her winning right after that. Her three length win is even more impressive when you consider she spotted the field about eight lengths at the start. She just had way too much class for that field. Good ride by Rosie to by not panicking
rdeeps52 More than 1 year ago
She was good, but that field was awful