10/30/2009 12:00AM

Past the Point needs a win


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - To date, Past the Point has gotten more recognition for races he has lost than for anything he has won.

A four-time winner, Past the Point was lauded for his second-place finish to Curlin in the Grade 1 Woodward at Saratoga in 2008. He has finished second or third in a trio of other graded events, but has never won a stakes race.

"He's knocked on the door in some big races, he's never walked in," trainer Eoin Harty said. "He's always promised so much, but he's never delivered."

That could change Saturday when Past the Point heads a field of six entered in the Grade 3, $150,000 Bold Ruler Handicap at seven furlongs over Aqueduct's main track. The Bold Ruler, spotted as race 4, shares billing on a 10-race card with the for fillies and mares.

Past the Point, a 5-year-old ridgling by Indian Charlie, is only 1 for 5 this year. That win came in a third-level allowance race at seven furlongs at Saratoga on Aug. 6. From there, he went in the Woodward, where he finished sixth of eight behind Rachel Alexandra. He turned back to six furlongs in the Grade 3 Phoenix over Keeneland's synthetic surface, where he finished ninth of 10.

The Bold Ruler enables Past the Point to run over his preferred surface - dirt - and at his best distance - seven furlongs. Past the Point is clearly better on dirt, which is why, according to Harty, Past the Point will stay with Kiaran McLaughlin on the East Coast following the Bold Ruler.

Sing Baby Sing ships to New York following a fourth-place finish in the Phoenix on Oct. 9, his second start since undergoing stem cell treatment on a suspensory ligament. In his first start of the year, he finished a hard-charging second in the Remington Park Sprint Cup in August.

"He seems to run his best races when I can run him back in a short period of time," said trainer Jack Bruner, who is starting his first horse in New York.

Cherokee Country may be the horse to catch in the Bold Ruler. He comes off two solid allowance victories at Philadelphia Park, including a win over Biker Boy on Sept. 7 in which he sent a track record for 6 1/2 furlongs (1:14.39).