08/08/2013 3:51PM

Saratoga notes: Emergence of Turallure lightens Wise Dan's workload

Barbara D. Livingston
Turallure is being pointed to the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap on Aug. 31 and might run in either the Woodbine Mile or the Shadwell Turf Mile after that.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Having run in the Firecracker Handicap, and with the re-emergence of stablemate Turallure, Wise Dan’s fall campaign may be altered from last year, trainer Charlie LoPresti said Thursday.

Last year, after winning the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga – the same race he runs in Saturday – Wise Dan ran in the Woodbine Mile and the Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland before the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

On Thursday, LoPresti said he is likely to run Wise Dan, the reigning Horse of the Year, in just one of those two races before the Breeders’ Cup.

LoPresti said part of that is due to having run Wise Dan in the Grade 2 Firecracker in June at Churchill. The other part is largely due to Turallure, who ran a bang-up second in a recent optional-claiming race here and is being pointed to the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch here Aug. 31. Depending on how Turallure does there, he could be a candidate for the Woodbine Mile or Shadwell Turf Mile, wherever LoPresti doesn’t run Wise Dan.

“I don’t think he could beat Wise Dan,” LoPresti said of Turallure. “But when he runs his ‘A’ race, he’s as good as any of those horses running against him.”

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In 2011, Turallure won the Bernard Baruch Handicap here and then the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile before getting beaten a nose by Court Vision in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. He is winless in his last seven starts but ran a solid second to Seal Cove here July 24 with a troubled trip.

“He ran like the old Turallure; he kicked it and flew home,” LoPresti said. “If he gets a [clean] trip, he probably wins that day.”

Turallure followed that race with a stellar workout Wednesday over the Oklahoma turf course. He picked up some unscheduled company during the breeze and finished about seven lengths in front while being timed in 47.50 seconds for a half-mile.

Damien Rock, the exercise rider aboard Turallure, told LoPresti: “I took back, and he was content to wait on me. I was four wide around the turn, I let him out a notch, and he did that in hand.”

After running second with four of his first six starters, LoPresti finally picked up his first win of the meet Thursday when Windswept won a $90,000 optional-claiming race.

Point of Entry progressing

On Thursday, trainer Shug McGaughey received the green light from Dr. Larry Bramlage to start walking Point of Entry under tack.

Point of Entry suffered a nondisplaced condylar fracture to his left hind leg while winning the Grade 1 Manhattan on June 8. He underwent surgery a few days later and has been convalescing at Niall Brennan’s farm in Ocala, Fla.

McGaughey said a new set of X-rays was taken on Point of Entry on Wednesday and reviewed by Bramlage that night.

McGaughey said he was uncertain when Point of Entry would be permitted to start going to the track.

“We’ll have to see how it goes; at least we’re in the ball game,” McGaughey said.