Point Given's Half-Sister Debuts at Lone Star Park
Updated: Thursday, June 21, 2001 7:00 AM
Posted: Monday, June 18, 2001 11:33 AM
A half sister to Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes winner Point Given is scheduled to make her first career start Wednesday at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Texas. The 2-year-old Hennessy filly, named Point Gained, is entered in the sixth race. It's a $27,000 5 1/2-furlong maiden race with a probable post time of 8:50 p.m. (CDT).
Prince Ahmed bin Salman purchased the filly for $300,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Calder 2-Year-Old Sale in February. There were 26 others reported as sold, eight of them fillies, that brought more money.
The chestnut filly was bred by Ironwood Farm. She's trained by Steve Asmussen, leading trainer at Lone Star, who has a small string of The Thoroughbred Corp. horses in the barn.
"I was at the sale for Bill Heiligbrodt, and the Prince came up to me and said `I bought you a filly today,' " Asmussen said, smiling. "He told me what (hip) number it was, and I went nuts. I made very quick arrangements to get her on a trailer and van her to our barn."
Asmussen was hesitant to say why Point Gained is racing at Lone Star rather than his division at Churchill Downs. He said the filly was on the small side physically at the sale, though he said she's grown about four or five inches since then (Point Gained checks in at less than 16 hands currently).
"We've got a very good foundation in her," Asmussen said. "She has ability."
Point Gained breezed three furlongs on a fast track in 36 4/5 seconds Sunday at Lone Star (14th fastest of 24 workouts). Afterward, Asmussen had her schooled in the paddock prior to the fourth race.
She appeared to be a mini version of Point Given: a chestnut coat with stout bone and muscle structure. Unlike her brother, she did not rear up or act up playfully.
But jockey Corey Lanerie, who was aboard for Sunday's breeze and who will ride in Wednesday's race, said the filly is by no means docile.
"She doesn't act up like Point Given, but she can be a handful," Lanerie said. "She's like a cat. You have to be tied on her at all times."
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