Point of Entry Hopes to Wave American Flag in BC Turf

Point of Entry with Jose Lezcano aboard win the $600,00 Grade I Man O' War Stakes for 3-year olds & up, going 1 3/8 mile on the Widner turf course at Belmont Park. Trainer Claude "Shug" McGaughey III. Owner Phipps Stable.

European runners usually dominate the Grade I Breeders' Cup Turf but New York based colt Point of Entry hopes to change that trend at Santa Anita Park on Saturday. 

Point of Entry has won his last five turf marathon outings including three straight vs. grade one rivals. The tactical type handles any footing and is the most talented long distance US runner in quite some time. John Velazquez rides the 3-1 morning line favorite and the Shug McGaughey runner will break from the rail.

Defending BC Turf champion St Nicholas Abbey finished 11th in the Arc at Longchamp last time but he follwed up an Arc loss with a win in this event last year. 

Shareta finished 9th of 18 in the Arc and may not have cared for heavy footing. The 4-year-old filly won back-to-back group one races at 12 furlongs prior to her last and is more than capable of winning this on her best day.

Polytrack specialist Dullahan will probably appreciate firm ground. He will sit back and attempt to get involved late but does not have the same explosiveness on turf and is unproven beyond ten furlongs. 

Turbo Compressor wired the field in the G1 United Nations at Monmouth Park this summer and might try similar tactics in this spot.

Slim Shadey snuck away from Turbo Compressor in the local prep for this. Will Garrett Gomez get aggressive and attempt another theft?

Treasure Beach, Cogito, Little Mike, Kindergarden Kid, Optimizer, and Trailblazer round out the field. 

1 POINT OF ENTRY Shug McGaughey John Velazquez 3-1
2 TURBO COMPRESSOR Todd Pletcher Joe Bravo 15-1
3 ST NICHOLAS ABBEY Aidan O'Brien Joseph O'Brien 7-2
4 TREASURE BEACH Aidan O'Brien Jamie Spencer 12-1
5 SHARETA Alain de Royer-Dupre Christophe Lemaire 7-2
6 COGITO Doug O'Neill Frankie Dettori 30-1
7 LITTLE MIKE Dale Romans Ramon Dominguez 12-1
8 KINDERGARDEN KID Peter Miller Julien Leparoux 30-1
9 DULLAHAN Dale Romans Joel Rosario 12-1
10 OPTIMIZER D. Wayne Lukas Jon Court 20-1
11 SLIM SHADEY Simon Callaghan Garrett Gomez 10-1
12 TRAILBLAZER Yasutoshi Ikee Yutaka Take 6-1


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Older Comments about Point of Entry Hopes to Wave American Flag in BC Turf...

Both Shareta and SNA should like the turf conditions. As well as George Vancouver.
putting green turf will be rock hard
Im surprised that all the Euro 2yos are favoured, the ground has been awful a lot of the year and these sent over look very beatable, may play the US 2yos on betfair
Got to be a Trailblazer/SNA box exacta for me
Second string European turfers are much better than the first string over here
Im on the Shareta bandwagon also...
POE is gonna get romped, and by the Filly Shareta.
railbrid33-not sure but if I remember past BC races, it really didn't have a big bearing on the race i.e. Lashkari, Conduit, Goldikova, Six Perfections, High Chaparral, etc. All Euro Shippers that have won on high temps in SA hosted BC races
jinlie01-any concerns about the mid-80's forecast on Saturday for the Euro hippers ??
Shareta Shareta SHARETA!!. Go girl go!
Europeans again look solid here but will bet on some outsiders Trailblazer and Optimizer

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