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Past The Point goes past this point


Darley Stable's Past The Point came right back to win at Arlington Park on the nation's birthday in an allowance event going one-and-one-sixteenth miles with jockey Eddie Baird aboard. Going off as the 4/5 favorite in the field of eight, the 3-year-old bay broke a step slowly but quickly vied for the lead up the inside and raced a head in front of a tightly bunched field. He refused to be intimidated by his lone challenger turning for home, who pressed him against the rail. He responded when asked and drew away to win with modest effort by a length over second choice Mantle.

The Indian Charlie colt won for the second time in three starts. He debuted at Churchill Downs on April 28th going six furlongs and finished second in that race while running very greenly. He came back to Churchill in May going seven furlongs and broke his maiden by an easy two-and-three-quarter lengths while still looking very green in the stretch. He was much more professional today while handling winners in the two-turn race over Arlington's All Weather surface.

"Two turns is definitely his distance," said assistant trainer Oliver Costello, who was on hand to saddle the colt. "It was his first time up on the lead and he kept finding more and more. He should improve again off of this one."

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.

Before joining EH Racing's team, Past The Point was in the care of trainer Johnny Burke who put plenty of conditioning on him and had him well prepared for his debut. Burke's team recognized the level of talent in the colt and Costello said that they all "loved this horse."

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