Updated on 09/15/2011 12:29PM

Point Given heading for Haskell

Point Given, the nation's top 3-year-old colt, is expected to make his next start in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 5.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Point Given, the nation's top 3-year-old, is likely to make his next start in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Aug. 5 instead of the Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park on July 15 as originally planned, according to Richard Mulhall, the racing manager for owner Ahmed Salman's Thoroughbred Corp.

The Haskell has an advertised purse of $1 million, but Monmouth Park officials have said they will offer a purse of $1.5 million if Point Given starts. Hollywood Park announced June 16 that it would raise the purse of the Swaps from $500,000 to $600,000 if Point Given or Monarchos starts.

Mulhall said purse money is playing a role in his plans for Point Given.

"We're pointing for the Haskell," he said. "It's a lot more money than [the Swaps]."

Mulhall said Point Given's tentative schedule includes a start in the Haskell and a return 20 days later in the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga.

Point Given could meet Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos and Preakness and Belmont runner-up

A P Valentine in the Travers. They are scheduled to start next in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga on Aug. 4.

Frankel has 'em surrounded

Sheer numbers may play to trainer Bobby Frankel's advantage

in Sunday's Grade 1 $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup.

Frankel intends to start two of the probable five Gold Cup starters, Skimming and Aptitude, who were first and third, respectively, in the Californian Stakes on June 10. They will face Futural, the runner-up in the Californian; Captain Steve, the winner of the Dubai World Cup; and Power Wing, an overmatched 7-year-old gelding who won a $25,000 claimer last month.

Frankel has saddled 15 starters in the Gold Cup, but has had only one winner - 27-1 Marquetry in 1991. He had four consecutive second-place finishes, from 1992 to 1995, with Marquetry, Bertrando, Fanmore, and Tinners Way.

Like Marquetry, Skimming and Aptitude are owned by Juddmonte Farms, and they will be coupled in the betting. Captain Steve, who finished second in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 16, is likely to be a slight favorite in the Gold Cup.

After originally planning to send Aptitude, a 4-year-old, to New York, Frankel added him to the prospective Gold Cup field a week after the Californian. "He'll get a set of blinkers," Frankel said. "The race might set up for him and he didn't run all that bad of a race last time."

A golden weekend

Sunday's Gold Cup program is the most lucrative day of the meeting, featuring three Grade 2 stakes. They are two seven-furlong sprints - the $300,000 Triple Bend Handicap and the $200,000 A Gleam for fillies and mares - and the $250,000 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap for

3-year-old fillies on turf.

The first major race of the weekend is Saturday's $250,000 Vanity Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on the main track for fillies and mares. Lazy Slusan and Feverish, the first- and third-place finishers in the Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap on June 3, will face Gourmet Girl, the upset winner of the Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park in April, and Seterah, who won the restricted Convenience Stakes on June 8.

The Triple Bend is led by Caller One, who is unbeaten in two starts this year - the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai and the Los Angeles Handicap. Set to carry top weight of 126 pounds, he will face Elaborate, Grey Memo, Hollycombe, Redattore, Squirtle Squirt, and Stormy Jack.

In the A Gleam, Go Go, the winner of the Desert Stormer Handicap on June 2, will be opposed by Image of Glory, Kalookan Queen, Kitty on the Track, and Nany's Sweep.

Frankel has two starters in the Honeymoon Handicap, Beefeater Baby and Dynamous. The other probables are Allright Now, Blushing Ballerina, Innit, Live Your Dreams, and OK to Dance.

Millennium Wind to miss Swaps

Millennium Wind, the Blue Grass Stakes winner, who finished 11th in the Kentucky Derby, has been taken out of training and will miss the Swaps Stakes.

Trainer David Hofmans said Millennium Wind has been fighting a quarter crack in his right front foot for the last week and has missed too much training to be ready for the Swaps.

Hofmans said he had no specific plans for Millennium Wind, who has been plagued by a skin fungus and cracked heels all year. In the last few days, Millennium Wind has been restricted to walking at the barn.

"We'll let him tell us when he's ready," Hofmans said. "It will be a few days before we can get a shoe on. We've always thought he'll be a better 4-year-old."

The Swaps also will not include Romanceishope, the winner of Saturday's restricted Manila Stakes on turf and the Snow Chief Stakes for California-breds in late April. Trainer Jenine Sahadi said he will be pointed to the $150,000 La Jolla Handicap on turf at Del Mar Aug. 11.

Disappointing prep

Crafty C.T. was using Sunday's second race, a seven-furlong allowance race, as a prep to the Swaps, but trainer Howard Zucker was disappointed with the colt's fourth-place finish. It was his first start since finishing second to Point Given in the Santa Anita Derby last April.

Crafty C.T. set a fast pace of 21.86 and 44.48 seconds before fading. "I didn't have him tight enough to do that," Zucker said. "He got tired."