06/10/2001 11:00PM

Point Given earns a 114 Beyer figure


Point Given's 12 1/4-length victory in Saturday's Belmont Stakes earned The Thoroughbred Corporation 3-year-old a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 114.

Point Given covered the 1 1/2 miles in 2:26.56, matching the fourth-fastest time in the 133-year history of the Belmont.

Point Given's previous career-best Beyer was a 111, recorded in his 2 1/4-length victory in the Preakness.

Point Given's 114 represented a dramatic improvement off the 101 Commendable received for winning the 2000 Belmont. Lemon Drop Kid, the 1999 Belmont winner, posted a 109 Beyer in the final leg of the Triple Crown.

Point Given's Beyer figure also bodes well for later in the year when he will meet up with older rivals. Albert the Great, one of the leaders of the handicap division, also received a 114 for his victory in Sunday's Brooklyn Handicap at Belmont Park.

Beyer Speed Figures, which appear exclusively in Daily Racing Form, are numeric interpretations of how fast a horse ran. They provide handicappers with a measuring stick for analyzing horses who ran at different tracks and distances in previous races.