08/19/2012 12:51PM

Saratoga: Point of Entry, Little Mike could meet in Joe Hirsch Turf Classic

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Barbara D. Livingston
Point of Entry will make his next start in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic on Sept. 29 at Belmont Park.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Point of Entry’s powerful four-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Sword Dancer Invitational combined with his 3 1/2 -length score in last month’s Grade 1 Man o’ War at Belmont Park, has trainer Shug McGaughey believing he has the best turf marathon horse in the country.

 “I think so, yes,” McGaughey said Sunday morning. “He’s the kind of horse where if both he and Little Mike ran together and the fractions were that slow he’d be breathing on him a little bit.”

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Point of Entry and Little Mike could very well run together in their next starts. McGaughey said Point of Entry would definitely run in the Grade 1, $600,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park on Sept. 29. Dale Romans, the trainer of Arlington Million winner Little Mike, said his horse would be considered for the Joe Hirsch as well.

Point of Entry, a Phipps family homebred son of Dynaformer, ran his win streak to four straight by virtue of his Sword Dancer victory. After finding room to run turning for home under John Velazquez, Point of Entry drew away with authority. He ran 1 1/2 miles in 2:26.40 and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 103. McGaughey said Saturday’s performance was Point of Entry’s best to date.

 “I’d have to think so because the company was a little steeper,” McGaughey said. “I think he’s getting better and better. His Man o’ War was a great race too. [Saturday] when it was time to go, he was pretty dominant.”