Point Finish Up Late in Forego Stakes at Turfway Park
FLORENCE, Ky. (Jan. 18, 2014) – Point Finish began his 5-year-old season with the same dominance he showed at 4, getting up in the final strides to win the $60,000 Forego Stakes by a neck at Turfway Park Saturday.
Ghost Is Clear was second, two lengths better than Buster Rose in third.
Jasizzle came fast out of post nine to mark the first two quarters in :22.23 and :44.60 before giving way to long shot Buster Rose, who kept the pace quick at 1:10.01 coming into the stretch. Also coming from off the pace, Ghost Is Clear then caught Buster Rose in mid-stretch. Breaking from post seven with Dean Sarvis aboard, Point Finish meanwhile had settled less than four lengths off the pace and then split horses entering the stretch to get outside for an explosive late run.
Final time for the 6-1/2 furlong race over Polytrack was 1:16.64.
“There was a lot of speed in the race, so I didn’t think we’d be close to the front,” said winning trainer George Leonard III. “I figured he’d be closing at the end. He was right in stalking position and I thought at the turn he was in good shape. This is home for him. He loves it here. He knows where the wire’s at.
“I’ve had him about 15 months and he just keeps getting better every time I run him,” Leonard continued. “He’s been a pleasant surprise; that’s all I can say. He’s a super horse.”
Finishing behind Buster Rose were Jasizzle, Stormy Going, Four Left Feet, the mare Aggressive Elegance, Stormin Monarcho, Musicinthehouse, Mac the Man, I’m Boundtoscore, and Sunday Mass. Silver Lining John and Vanity Feature did not draw in from the also-eligible list and were scratched.
Point Finish paid $5.20 to win, $3 to place, and $2.80 to show as the 8-5 favorite.
Owned by Larry Morse, Point Finish was bred in Kentucky by Harris Thoroughbred LLC and is by Point Given out of Too Much Class, by Belong to Me. In 26 career starts he has 11 wins, seven seconds, and three thirds for earnings of $273,833. The Forego is his second straight stakes win, coming six weeks after the Claiming Crown Iron Horse at Gulfstream.
Morse claimed Point Finish for $15,000 out of a race at Hoosier Park in October 2012 and turned him over to Leonard. In 16 starts since then the gelding has earned nine of his wins and five of his seconds, finishing out of the money only twice.
Racing resumes at Turfway on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.