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Wise Dan, Point of Entry Clash in Turf Classic

Morton Fink’s reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan and Phipps Stable’s four-time Grade I winner Point of Entry signed on for a heavyweight showdown Saturday when they were among nine entries for the 28th running of the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I).
       
The Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, along with the 27th running of the $300,000-added Humana Distaff (GI), anchors a five stakes undercard leading up to the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) on Saturday’s 13-race program. First post Saturday is 10:30 a.m. (all times Eastern).
       
The Woodford Reserve Turf Classic will go as the 10th race on Saturday’s program with a 4:44 p.m. post time.
       
Trained by Charlie LoPresti, Wise Dan took the Maker’s 46 Mile (GI) at Keeneland in his 2013 debut on April 12. A winner of his past five starts at a mile on the grass, Wise Dan will be attempting 1 1/8 miles on the turf for the first time.
       
In four starts at the distance on dirt or an all-weather surface, Wise Dan has won three times including the Clark Handicap (GI) here in 2011 and finished second in last June’s Stephen Foster Handicap (GI). Jose Lezcano will have the mount on Wise Dan and break from post position eight.
       
Point of Entry, who defeated 2011 Kentucky Derby winner and 2013 Dubai World Cup victor Animal Kingdom in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (GI) at 1 1/8 miles in his season debut, will be trying to give trainer Shug McGaughey the first leg of a Woodford Reserve Turf Classic-Kentucky Derby double. McGaughey will send out Orb in the following race, Derby 139.
       
Point of Entry has won six of his past starts, with the lone setback coming in the Breeders’ Cup Turf (GI) last November. John Velazquez has the call on Point of Entry, who will break from post position nine.
       
A third Grade 1 runner in the field is B.J. Wright’s Jeranimo. Trained by Michael Pender, Jeranimo won the Shoemaker Mile (GI) last summer and in his lone start of 2013 won the San Gabriel (GII) at Santa Anita. Jeranimo will break from post position six and be ridden by Rafael Bejarano.
       
The field for the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, from the hedge out, is as follows: Middie (Francisco Torres, 120 pounds), Slim Shadey (GB) (Gary Stevens, 122), Optimizer (Joel Rosario, 120), Silver Max (Robby Albarado, 120), Swift Warrior (Javier Castellano, 120), Jeranimo (Bejarano, 122), Bim Bam (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118), Wise Dan (Lezcano, 124) and Point of Entry (Velazquez, 124).
 
 

 

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I think we'll be advised that Wise Dan has the upper hand on a good to firm course.
This is a rider's game, amino.
Very pleased to be see this one live at CD. Best match-up I've seen at CD since, Blame & Zenyatta. Too close to call!!
Point Of Entry by 4 lengths.
  • On The Gallop's · I say that because POE has a turn of foot at the 1/8th pole that is unmatched IMO. This will be a cracker of a race. · 436 days ago
Bet the horse, not the jock, in this one!
This is going to be one fine race ladies and gentleman. I think I'm going with POE thanks to my man Johnny V

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