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Breeders Cup 2015

Boisterous Pinch Hits for Point of Entry in Man o' War

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 Belmont 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 Belmont 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 Lexington 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 Fair Hill, 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].”




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