Weaver: Point of Honor bred to handle Alabama's distance

July 23, 2019 04:33pm

George Weaver says the 1 ¼-mile distance of Saratoga’s Alabama Stakes “won’t be a challenge” for filly Point of Honor.

“She’s been cut out to go that far,” the trainer said Tuesday.

The Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama on Aug. 17 will test 3-year-old fillies at the 10-furlong distance. It’s the longest dirt stakes for sophomore females on the schedule for the rest of the year.

Weaver said the Alabama will be Point of Honor’s next stop “if she’s doing well.”

Sunday, Point of Honor ran second to 1-4 favorite Guarana at Saratoga in the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1). Under Javier Castellano, she lost by a length at 4-1 odds to a filly whose two previous wins had come by a combined 20 ¾ lengths.

“I thought (Point of Honor) ran really well,” Weaver said. “We got beat on the wire by a very good filly. Our filly ran a really good race, and we’re looking forward to seeing her in the Alabama.”

Point of Honor’s family has delivered at the 1 ¼-mile distance. Sire Curlin won the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Dubai World Cup and Jockey Club Gold Cup at 10 furlongs while Bernardini, sire of her dam Zayanna, also won the Jockey Club Gold Cup in addition to the Travers.

“She’s bred to do it,” Weaver said of the 1 ¼-mile Alabama. “She’ll handle it great. It’s an advantage for her.”

Point of Honor, who is campaigned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Stetson Racing LLC, is 5: 3-1-0 for her career and has collected $346,375 in prize money. Her biggest win to date came May 17 at Pimlico in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2).

“She’s talented and she’s got class,” Weaver said. “It’s always fun to have one like that in your barn.”


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