Updated on 08/18/2012 6:36PM

Saratoga: Point of Entry makes most of perfect trip in Sword Dancer

Michael Amoruso
Point of Entry, ridden by John Velazquez, collects his second straight Grade 1 victory in the Sword Dancer.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -  One week ago, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez bided his time tucked in behind the early leaders before driving Wise Dan to an explosive victory in the Fourstardave. On Saturday, Velazquez orchestrated a near carbon copy of that perfect trip aboard Point of Entry, who blew away his competition once finding a seam in early stretch en route to an impressive four-length victory in the $600,000 Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga.

Point of Entry is a 4-year-old homebred son of Dynaformer owned by the Phipps Stable. He entered the Grade 1 Sword Dancer off the best performance of his career, an easy victory five weeks ago  in Belmont’s Grade 1 Man o’ War.

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As expected, Turbo Compressor set the early pace in the 1 1/2-mile  Sword Dancer ,prompted by Center Divider and the wide-running Newsdad.  And just as he did with Wise Dan in the Fourstardave, Velazquez allowed Point of Entry to save ground while restrained just behind the early leaders.

Point of Entry seemed to be bottled up briefly nearing the three-eighths pole but Velazquez was able to angle him out for clearance on the final turn. Point of Entry accelerated suddenly once finding room between horses in early stretch, readily ran by the tiring leaders near the eighth pole, and quickly drew off to an easy victory.

Al Khali rallied from near the rear of the pack to easily be second best, finishing 2 ½ lengths clear of Brilliant Speed.  Turbo Compressor tired badly from his early efforts and finished last in the field of nine turf specialists.

Point of Entry completed the distance in 2:02.13 over a firm course and paid $4.80.

“I was very pleased with the trip,” said trainer Shug  McGaughey. “He was very strong today and Johnny had him covered up down in there. It worked out perfectly. I think was this even a little better race by him than the Man o’  War. It was a little better company and he dominated again. I said all along I think his future is in front of him and I that it can get even better and better.”