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Point of Entry Takes Manhattan


Like a cat playing with a group of mice, Point of Entry gave both Optimizer and Real Solution some early hope in the Belmont Park stretch, before demonstrating his superiority with a facile 1 1/2 length victory in today’s Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap.

Scratched out of last month’s Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, and a potential showdown with 2012 Horse of the Year, Wise Dan, the extended wait to see the Phipps Stable homebred was worth the wait. Ridden with ultimate confidence by John Velazquez, the five-year-old son of Dynaformer sat well off an ambitious early pace set by long shot, Plainview, before making a steady move on the backstretch.

As second betting favorite, Optimizer forged to the front on the far turn, Point of Entry moved quickly to menace as the eight horse field straightened out for the drive. While Optimizer proved to be a stubborn foe, and Real Solution uncoiled a strong late rush, it was all about the overwhelming 1-2 choice to the wire. Optimizer held off Real Solution for the place. The victory pushed his Hall of Fame rider ever closer to the 5,000 win milestone.


“We all know that this type of course is not his favorite, but every time you ask him to run, he gives you everything he has," said Velazquez. "He’s so big it takes him a long time to get going, but he still runs his heart out.”  

A bona-fide turf superstar, Point of Entry now has five grade 1 victories within the past eleven months, including three at Belmont Park. No horse has been closer than 1 ¼ lengths back of the Shug McGaughey star in those wins, with the closest coming against the Dubai World Cup champion, Animal Kingdom at Gulfstream Park. Point of the Entry now has won seven of his last eight races, with his only loss coming after a less than ideal trip and narrow second place finish in last fall’s  Breeders’ Cup Turf. 

Only a runner-up in the championship deciding event last year, Point of Entry looks like strictly the horse to beat for that race this year, as well as, any other major turf distance race scheduled in America this year. Today, in the Manhattan, he was much the best. 


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Sorry Averie you are right I looked at the wrong horse. My apologies.
Boisterous is by Distorted Humor.
Shug has two nice sons of Dynaformer this year in POE and Boisterous.
I really liked what I saw from Real Solution. Being perfectly honest, my eyes were glued to Real Solution for the entire race, and I didn't even realize that Point of Entry had won at first.
One of the instances I'd like to see a retirement. He's 5, multiple G1 winner, and 17 races with 9 victories is a better run than most. Had speed and stamina. Let's keep his breeding going as opposed to taking the gamble of losing this guy covering mares.
un mundo complicado.. pero yo me pregunto... turf.. tantisimos millones en torno al turf.. las carreras y que algún hipodromo se encuentre en deficientes condiciones. "hay quien piensa que la yerba es peor".. mantenimiento para qué.. la arena.. ojos.. jockey.. heridas infecciones.. "better grass".. el mejor 1 milla 1/2.. my old line "roberto".. es infalibile.. the problem is traiming.. ok ?
Just found about about the condylar fracture. That's a pretty bad low to go along with all of the wonderful highs of this sport.
Actually, surgery is tomorrow
Point of Entry came out of the race with a slight condylar fracture in a rear leg. Surgery to insert one screw to come next week. Connections are hoping for a return to racing in the fall.
My easiest cash yesterday, Woodford Turf/Belmont double- Singled Point of Entry with 9.
Point of Entry earned a 104 Beyer Speed Figure.

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