Greatness at Gulfstream
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Let’s start with the former.
Unlike Salto, Point of Entry has no class questions to answer. An Eclipse finalist for Top Male Turf Horse, the son of Dynaformer was a three-time Grade I winner in 2012 and consistently earned positive LSRs. There’s an issue, though: Point of Entry has done his best running at distances of 11 furlongs or greater — distances which emphasize stamina rather than a quick turn of foot. In fact, in races under 11 furlongs, the colt is just 1-for-8 (albeit the majority of those races were at the start of his career).
So, the question one must ask is: “Does one take a short price on a horse that may not be — and probably isn’t — competing at its best distance?”
I loved his effort in the Whitney and the Jockey Club Gold Cup, but was less than thrilled — the supposed Santa Anita track bias notwithstanding — with his try in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, a race that saw him finish evenly at a short price for the second year in a row.
He followed that performance up with a dreadful showing in the Kentucky Derby, albeit with some excuses (what Derby loser doesn’t have a story to tell?), and a pair of minor awards in the Grade II Fayette and the Grade I Clark.
Is he a contender in the Donn? Yes. Is he one of the favorites to win? Personally, I don’t think so. I’d need a price.
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