Point of Entry sidelined by leg fracture

awincze@herald-leader.comJune 9, 2013 

Five-time Grade I winner Point of Entry will be sidelined for an undetermined amount of time after he emerged from his victory in Saturday's Grade I Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park with a non-displaced condylar fracture in his left hind cannon bone, trainer Shug McGaughey said Sunday morning.

McGaughey, who also saddled Kentucky Derby winner Orb to a third-place run in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, said the son of Dynaformer would van to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington to have a screw put in via surgery performed by Dr. Larry Bramlage on Monday.

"I don't know what the down time is until (Bramlage looks at him) but he said maybe two weeks stall rest, two weeks hand walking and then maybe start riding him under tack," McGaughey said. "It's not real bad, it separated a bit but I feel sure it will go together perfect. He walked 80-percent sound.

McGaughey said Point of Entry appeared to cool out fine following his 11/2-length win over Optimizer over a yielding turf but that the staff noticed he was off early Sunday. Though he scratched out of the Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on May 4 due to boggy turf conditions, McGaughey didn't necessarily think Saturday's rain-soaked turf played a role in the injury.

"I knew carrying 124 pounds over that course yesterday was going to be a grind, and it was," he said. "But I think the course was probably in better shape than they talked about it being in. Churchill was a lot boggier."

McGaughey said that best case scenario would have Point of Entry able to return to racing by September with a start in the Breeders' Cup Turf "not out of the question" if all were to go perfect.

Owned by Phipps Stable and Frank Stronach, Point of Entry was slated to be retired to stud Adena Springs following this year's Breeders' Cup. Given his current injury, McGaughey said it was unclear yet if the 5-year-old bay horse would remain in training beyond this season if he did come back.

"The intention were all along to retire him at the end of the year and I don't know if they would want to roll the dice and see what happens," McGaughey said. "Stronach likes to race but if it's going to be a long rehab time we might have to go on and pull the rug out from under him. I'm hoping myself that's not the case."

Point of Entry defeated champion and eventual Dubai World Cup winner Animal Kingdom in the Grade I Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap during his seasonal bow on Feb. 9. He has won nine of 17 career starts with $2,314,490 in earnings, including victories last year in the Grade I Man o' War Stakes, Sword Dancer Invitational, and Joe Hirsch Turf Classic.

"Not the greatest morning," McGaughey said. "But you get up in the morning not knowing what you're going to find."

Alicia Wincze Hughes: (859) 231-1676. Blog: horseracing.bloginky.com. Twitter: @horseracinghl.

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