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Ken Wilkins On Point of Entry

05.06.2020 -

Adena Springs stallion sales manager Ken Wilkins discusses Point of Entry, a Grade 1 winner who got Group 2 U.A.E. Derby winner Plus Que Parfait into last year's Kentucky Derby starting gate from his second crop.

1) What is Point of Entry's strongest selling point as a stallion? 

Wilkins: Quality and class. He just oozes class and he's passing that along to his runners as the number-one sire of Grade 1 horses in his crop.

2) If I've got a mare that needs help from the stallion on a physical characteristic, what can Point of Entry best contribute to the equation?

Wilkins: Size, bone, and hip.

3) Point of Entry has proven able to get high-level runners on both turf and dirt. Given his success largely came on the turf when he was racing himself, what do you attribute to his versatility at stud? 

Wilkins: He's out of a Seeking the Gold mare and he has a deep Phipps female family behind him that's loaded with top-class dirt runners. His half-sister Pine Island was a multiple Grade 1 winner on dirt. People also forget he broke his maiden by 15 1/2 lengths on the dirt at Belmont.

4) What can a breeder expect from a Point of Entry foal as a weanling? As a yearling?

Wilkins: Good size, balanced with plenty of bone.

5) Point of Entry is the #1 sire in his crop by “A Runner Index.” Can you explain what that means?

Wilkins: This gives breeders a way to measure the quality and class of his runners. APEX ratings are based on how many of a sire's runners are among the top eight percent in earnings over a year in a given jurisdiction.

6) Point of Entry didn't win his first stakes race until he was four years old – and he comes from a Phipps-line family that has traditionally rewarded patience – but he's had several runners do well in graded stakes company at two and three. In a “win now” marketplace, how important has it been for him to get those early runners?

Wilkins: Very, I think. in this marketplace it's important for breeders to know a stallion can get you any kind of runner.

7) What's something about Point of Entry that you think goes overlooked?

Wilkins: Just how good a racehorse he was. Five Grade 1s, and he was very unlucky to not have won the Breeders' Cup Turf twice. Just go back and see how he toyed with those fields.

8) Point of Entry stands for $15,000. What makes him a standout in that price range? 

Wilkins: Compare what he did on the track and now what his progeny are performing with other turf sires.

9) What else should someone considering Point of Entry know before making the call? 

Wilkins: Point of Entry continues to have a wide base of support from both outside breeders and from the Adena broodmare band. Last year, he bred a better book by CPI than Munnings, Constitution, Kantharos, etc.

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