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Point of No Entry?

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Now is clearly not the time to say one iota that could be perceived as a negative against trainer, Shug McGaughey. Nor is it the best moment to question the actions of the great Phipps Stable, but what if I repent by saying ten “Hail Orb’s”? 

What is going on with Point of Entry?

This is a horse that I call one of the best American turf horses that I’ve seen in the last decade. His win in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, in which he stormed right by the soon to be Dubai World Cup Champion, Animal Kingdom, like he was late for dinner, can only be described as awesome. I was left wanting and needing more. I’m still waiting.

His late defection from the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic was disappointing to say the least. Another word would be poor form. 

It was hailed by people, such as myself, as a good old fashioned showdown. Wise Dan vs. Point of Entry on Kentucky Derby Day was to be as good as it gets these days on American turf. It was something we don’t see enough in racing anymore. And don’t even get me started about how the bettors felt about Point of Entry being scratched after all the multi-race wagers had started. 

So he scratched. Too much rain. 

I’m not sure I understand. Didn’t Point of Entry run a big race in the boggish conditions of last fall’s Joe Hirsch Turf Classic? That was a turf course in worse condition than what we saw at Churchill Downs. 

Oh, where for art thou, Sportmanship?

So now we have one of the best horses in America, coming off the best race of his life, and he hasn’t run in what? Three months? And counting?

It would seem Pimlico’s Dixie Stakes would fit the bill. I mean Point of Entry is healthy and has to be sitting on ready. I asked Shug how the big turf horse was doing the day before the Woodford Reserve, and with a hardboot smile, Shug responded, “He’s doing great.” Run on Preakness Day, I happen to know that Point of Entry’s connections will be there for the Dixie. But no, they say we will have to wait yet another month for the reappearance of Point of Entry in the Manhattan Handicap on Belmont Stakes Day.

I’ll say it again … the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap was Point of Entry’s best run of his life … and now we have to wait four full months for his encore to that performance?

Frankly, I’m a little worried about whether or not we will see Point of Entry in this year’s Arlington Million, after all, that big race comes only ten weeks after the Manhattan. And what if it rains on Belmont Day?

Point of Entry is a powerhouse. I hope he is not treated with kid gloves for all of 2013


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Trounced? Apparently you haven't seen too many races in your lifetime.
i def would have had him in my tri-fecta...instead of slim shadey
Hard feelings>> now that's borderline laughable :)>>like I said, I don't know, others do. It's a *playing the percentages* thing to me.
I'm not "Sure" of anything Amino. I'm just stating my assumption of the info I heard which may or may not be 100% true. I think the decision to run a horse should be based on the horses safety and codition of the race track or turf course. I'm not here to start a war with you on this issue just to stsate my opinion. Opinions are like Azzholes,everbody has one. No hard feelings I hope over this discussion .
That’s the beauty of horse racing. The *truth* sometimes comes out later. I mean, you couldn’t just ask Shug today expecting a straight answer, right? More like a kick in the pants. But someday…………
"Trounced"? Dictionary much?
Unlike others who are *sure* that he did NOT duck on Derby Day, I don’t know.
Everyone keeps questioing why he scratched out on Derby Day . I guess you are one of those who thinks he ducks competition. Is that correct?
He beats the competion he's put up against more times than not. Enough said. I'm not saying he isn't beatable but he's won 6 of last 7 with a 2nd place finish and a win over Animal Kingdom.
I do not want. How is his status so exalted in your mind that he has nothing left to prove?
Shug talked to Castellano immediately after he rode Hungry Island I would assume about the condition of the turf course and then went to J.Velasquez to get with him on probably what info Javier gave Shug and then Iwould assume the decision was made to scratch out based on the info from the jock on the turf course condition.
What is it you want him to prove to you?
How beating Tahoe Lake, Center Divider, Al Khali and then winning the prep while losing the Breeders’ Cup Turf to Little Mike at a less than preferable distance for LM results in “Point of Entry has nothing more to prove´is my question.
Point of Entry has nothing more to prove.The owners and trainer was looking out for the horse and why should anyone question that decision but them?
Point of Entry ran 7 times last year and has now run in 5 Grade One races in a row, this is a much more challenging than the majority of top horses racing today. I understand everyones disappointment that he did not facing Wise Dan but I am sure the decision was based only on the track condition. The connections are New York based and I can understand wanting to wait until the race at Belmont. I believe Point of Entry will have a strong summer and fall campaign and expect to see him in the Arlington Million and Breeders Cup.
That lush turf was just fine for Wise Dan ;-)
Greg>> The Kitten’s Joy was in no way a showdown with Animal Kingdom, both horses were only prepping………… "I'm looking forward to it," McGaughey said. "This is a no win-at-all-risk type of situation. It's only the first of February. Our main objective is the Breeders' Cup (Turf) next fall. How I get him there, we'll see, but so far, so good.">> "I like the timing, the spacing and the surface," trainer Graham Motion said of the decision to prep Animal Kingdom for the $10 million World Cup via the February race at Gulfstream Park>> I seriously doubt Wise Dan will ever have another shot at POE @ 1 1/8th. Discretion was the better part of valor.
only race he missed this year, you see that turf? he was just thinking off the safety of horse. he will run with dan another time. he didn't back down from ak. relax all.
LOL on the "Say ten Hail Orb's"! P of E is not even nominated for the Dixie.
I agree that it was a huge disappointment that Point of Entry didn't run in the Woodford, but I think I can understand the decision. Yes, he won the Joe Hirsch on a yielding course, but he was a fairly hard ridden winner that day despite the soft fractions. I would imagine that had a lot to do with Shug's decision.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing his entire life. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat, Forego, and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra, Zenyatta, and American Pharoah. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 

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Brian's work has also been published on several leading industry sites. He has consulted for leading contest site Derby Wars, is both a Hall of Fame and NTRA poll voter, and is a Vox Populi committee member. 

A horse owner and graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra.


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