Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey expressed his pleasure with the way his Super Saturday-bound Point of Entry and Hymn Book worked on the morning of Sept. 23 at Belmont Park.
Phipps Stable homebred Point of Entry, winner of four straight, covered a half-mile in :50.03 on the inner turf in preparation for the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) Sept. 29.
Hymn Book, who opened his 6-year-old campaign with a victory in the Donn Handicap (gr. I), zipped a half-mile in :46.91, fastest of 18 at the distance over the main track, for the TVG Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr I) on the same day.
"I wanted to do something more with Hymn Book because he hasn't raced in two months," said McGaughey of the Stuart S. Janney color-bearer, most recently fourth in the Whitney Invitational Handicap (gr. I) Aug. 4 at Saratoga Race Course.
Point of Entry, who enters the 1 1/2-mile Joe Hirsch off back-to-back grade I wins in the Man o' War and Sword Dancer Invitational, turned in a visually impressive breeze over a "good" turf course around the dogs, said McGaughey.
"I was especially happy with the way he finished up," said McGaughey of the Dynaformer colt. "I'm very pleased with both of them."
Point of Entry, who also won the Elkhorn Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland during his current winning streak, has amassed earnings of $934,490 while posting a 6-2-1 mark in 13 starts.
Hymn Book, a son of Arch out of the multiple stakes winning mare Vespers, by Known Fact, seeks to end a four-race losing spell since his Donn victory. His career record stands at 7-5-1 in 18 starts with earnings of $737,687.