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
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).
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
A third Grade 1 runner in the field is B.J. Wright
. 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
, 120 pounds), Slim Shadey
) (Gary Stevens
, 122), Optimizer
, 120), Silver Max
, 120), Swift Warrior
, 120), Jeranimo (Bejarano, 122), Bim Bam
(Ricardo Santana Jr
., 118), Wise Dan (Lezcano, 124) and Point of Entry (Velazquez,