While the sidelined Point of Entry will not get to
defend his title in next Saturday’s Grade 1, $600,000 Man o’ War at 1
3/8 miles on the turf, Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey is hopeful
Boisterous will be a capable pinch-hitter in the final graded stakes of the
Park spring/summer meet.
“We’ll see,” said McGaughey of the 6-year-old son of Distorted
Humor, winner of the Grade 2 Monmouth last time out. “He’s never won a
Grade 1; he’s been third twice
[2011 Man o’ War and 2012 Woodford Reserve Manhattan]. We’ve always
thought he was a Grade 1 kind of horse.”
Boisterous, who closed out his 5-year-old campaign with back-to-back victories in the Grade 3 Knickerbocker at
and the Grade 2 Red Smith Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack, finished
second in the Grade 3 Ben Ali over the synthetic surface at Keeneland
Race Course in his first start of 2013.
“His race in
on the Polytrack was great,” said McGaughey. “There was no pace, and we
were four or five lengths back turning for home and got beat a length.
Then, he came back and ran really well down
at Monmouth and has done real well since then.”
The trainer added that
Data Link, fourth as the
3-5 favorite in Thursday’s Grade 3 Poker, exited the race in seemingly
good order and offered no excuse for his performance.
“He seemed to come back fine,” he said. “An atypical bad race
for him; worst race he’s ever run. He acted like he was confused the
whole race. We’ll just have to see
as we go along. He gave no signs he was going to run that way. He’s a
lot better than he ran.”
On Tuesday, McGaughey will travel to the training center in
Md., to oversee Kentucky Derby winner Orb’s second work since his third-place finish in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes on June 8.
“He’s doing well down there,” he said. “My plan is to run him in
the Travers [Grade 1, Saratoga, August 24] but if he gets ahead of me a
little bit I’m not counting
out the Jim Dandy [on July 27].”