Trainer Bob Baffert said on Thursday that Preakness (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Point Given is about one week away from having his first breeze since the Triple Crown. Baffert wouldn't rule out the Aug. 5 Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Monmouth Park or the Aug. 25 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, but said the only race the son of Thunder Gulch is specifically being pointing toward is the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).
"We're going to get him ready and if there's a race when he's ready we'll run, whether it's the Haskell or the Travers or something else," said Baffert, who added that he is feeling no pressure from Point Given's owner, Prince Ahmed Salman, who races the homebred colt in the name of The Thoroughbred Corp. "The Prince has told me not to run him until I feel he is ready," Baffert said. "There's no rush. He just wants him to be ready for the Breeders' Cup."
Point Given has put on 45 pounds since the Belmont, according to Baffert. "He weighs 1,305 pounds now. He was 1,260 pounds after the Belmont, and I've had him on a diet," the trainer said.