Point Given, winner of the Preakness (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) earlier this year, continued his quest toward the Aug. 5 Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) with a six-furlong drill Wednesday morning at Del Mar.
Clockers caught the son of Thunder Gulch in 1:11 3/5 as he worked in company with El Corredor, a grade I-winning stablemate. Trainer Bob Baffert, caught Point Given working seven furlongs in 1:24 3/5 and galloping out a mile in 1:39.
'I wanted to get a good, stiff work into him," Baffert said after the move. "It's just what he needed."
Baffert said The Thoroughbred Corp. homebred will have one more work before shipping to New Jersey for the Haskell next Thursday (Aug. 2).
The work wasn't without incident. A third horse, from another barn, broke off during the work and at the three-eighths pole, Baffert's horses had to split the horse, with El Corredor going inside and Point Given going wide on the far turn.
Point Given has been given the 124-highweight assignment for next Sunday's 1 1/8-mile Haskell. Monmouth Park management has also added $500,000 to the already $1-million purse if the dual-classic winner starts.
According to Monmouth Park officials, three additional horses have been invited for the Haskell. Added to the list were First Spear, trained by Todd Pletcher; Indygo Shiner, trained by Elliott Walden, and Scorpion, from the D. Wayne Lukas stable.
First Spear, who won the Lamplighter Stakes on turf at Monmouth in his last start, was assigned 115 pounds for the Haskell. Indygo Shiner, second in the Arlington Classic last out, was given 115; and Scorpion, an allowance winner at Belmont most recently, drew 114.