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Orb, Point of Entry Work for McGaughey

Prominent horses trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey turned in Saturday breezes in separate locations, with Kentucky Derby winner Orb working at Fair Hill in Maryland and turf star Point of Entry rejoining the worktab at Belmont after spending the past three months recovering from a non-displaced condylar fracture.

 

Stuart S. Janney, III and Phipps Stable's Orb, third in the Grade 1 Travers on August 24 in his most recent start, breezed five furlongs in 1:01 at Fair Hill. He is targeting the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational on September 28.

 

"He went excellent," said McGaughey. "The reports were all nothing but positive, not only from his camp but also from some people I talked to. They said it was a terrific."

 

One day after Point of Entry picked up his fifth Grade 1 victory in the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap, his connections detected the condylar fracture of his left-hind cannon bone, which required surgery. On Saturday, Point of Entry breezed three furlongs in 37.55 seconds.

 

McGaughey said that if everything goes perfectly, Point of Entry could be ready in time for the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf in November at Santa Anita. Point of Entry was second in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Turf after winning the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational.

 

"He had a nice work yesterday," said McGaughey. "He came out of it very well and galloped this morning a little ways. All I'm going to do is just sit around here and keep doing it as long he is OK and see where it takes me. My plans would be the Breeders' Cup, but I don't think I'll be able to get a race into him."

 

McGaughey added that Emory Hamilton's Hungry Island exited her runner-up performance in yesterday's Grade 3 Noble Damsel in good shape and that she could make her next start in either the Grade 1 First Lady on October 5 at Keeneland or the Grade 3 Athenia on October 12 at Belmont.

 

"I thought she ran good yesterday," said McGaughey. "She probably would have been a little better if she could swing to the outside, but that wasn't the case."

 

 

 

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