07.23.2017

First Stakes Winner for Point of Entry

Glamanation broke her maiden in style, taking Sunday's co-featured $125,000 Shady Well Stakes, at......

Glamanation broke her maiden in style, taking Sunday's $125,000 Shady Well Stakes, at Woodbine.

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Bred by Adena Springs, Glamanation banked $75,000 in victory while providing Point of Entry with his first stakes winner and third winner in five days.

Owned and trained by Mike Doyle, the daughter of Point of Entry-Golden Scarf by Orientate came into the 5 ½-furlong Tapeta sprint for Ontario-bred juvenile fillies off a fourth-place effort to the unbeaten Dream It Is in the My Dear Stakes on June 24. The bay finished second to that same rival in her career bow on May 27, Dream It Is is the early leader of the North American juvenile fillies after an sensational performance in the Schuylerville S. (G3) on the July 21 opening day card at Saratoga.

With Davy Moran aboard, Glamanation was settled in fifth of six as Miss Danielle and Jamaica Me Home duked it out through opening splits of :23.34 and :47.67, with favourite Moka Latte keeping close tabs on the duo. Moran moved Glamanation to the outside for the stretch drive and the pair soon picked off the leaders, before fending off Mega Monster by one length, while a hard-charging Mo Big Cat missed the runner-up spot by a neck. 

Glamanation covered 5 1/2-furlongs in 1:05.94.

An equipment change, adding the blinkers for the Shady Well, proved to be a winning move. 

"She ran second to Barb Minshall’s good filly (Dream It Is) the first time out and personally, I think she probably could have won that day,” said Moran. “When she went to go by, she started laying in on horses, so today, I tried to swing her out a little bit and she even tried it for a couple of strides. She’s only learning and she’s improving every race. I think there’s better for her to come still.”

Doyle is also hopeful of more pleasing results ahead, including the opportunity for his young pupil to test out the Woodbine green scene.

“Richard Hogan bought the horse in September (from Adena Springs),” said Doyle. “He called me and I bought her off him. She had a couple of vet issues you had to forgive her for and I just like the stallion and I kind of liked the way she looked. 

“I always keep thinking I should be running her on the grass,” he continued. “The way the races keep coming up – I thought she would have won maybe already by now and I could have just gone to turf – but now she’s won a nice race and her next start will hopefully be something headed towards the (Grade 1, Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In”) Natalma (September 17, at Woodbine).”  

-edited from www.woodbineentertainment.com, photo by Michael Burns


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07.22.2017

A Huge Week for Point of Entry

Moonlight Rain came from well off the pace with a flying finish to capture her debut over the......

Point of Entry was represented by his first three winners, including his first Stakes winner, during the third week of July.

The Adena Springs-bred and sold Glamanation is that Stakes winner after surging to win the $125,000 Shady Well Stakes at Woodbine on July 23.

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The prior afternoon, Moonlight Rain (pictured) came from well off the pace with a flying finish to capture her debut over the Woodbine turf, becoming the second winner for her freshman sire. The filly defeated a field of five other colts and geldings.

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Moonlight Rain rated somewhat greenly behind fractions of :24.06 and :47.03 and gathered steam as the field spun into the stretch. Left with significant work to do, she kicked it into high gear late, splitting horses to get up and score. The final time was 1:11 flat.

Bred and owned by Gabe Grossberg and trained by Mark Casse, the winner’s dam is Sweet Sugaree, a stakes-placed daughter of Tiznow.

Four days earlier, the Adena Springs-bred and sold Point of Entry son Happy King scored in his debut at Hipódromo de las Américas in Mexico City.

By the late, great Dynaformer, Point of Entry was a five-time Grade 1 winner of nearly $2.5 million.

- photo by Michael Burns

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