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Past the Point passes test at Churchill


Darley Stable's Past the Point easily grabbed the winning purse in his second start on Sunday at Churchill Downs in a seven-furlong Maiden Special Weight with jockey Rafael Bejarano aboard. The three-year-old colt was bumped at the start and got away a bit slowly, but found himself in a good position just off the lead. He was forced four wide on the turn and made steady progress to take the lead at the sixteenth pole. His inexperience was evident in the stretch, as he raced somewhat erratically, but he drew clear to win by nearly three lengths.

The Indian Charlie bay made his first start on April 28th at Churchill going six furlongs and although he raced quite greenly that day, he finished second, beaten just a length and a half and was four and a half lengths clear of the show horse. The highly regarded colt went off as the favorite in that race despite being a first-time starter, and he was the even money favorite in today's race as well.

"He has always been very green," said trainer Eoin Harty. "He won today off pure talent and he should improve with more racing and more distance."

Past the Point was bred in Kentucky by Sequel 2001 and was purchased at the 2006 Barretts March Sale for $400,000. He is out of the A.P. Indy mare Bit of the Bubbly.

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