Travers S. (gr. I)
(gr. I , 10f ,)
Thunder Gulch Turko's Turn , by Turkoman
BThe Thoroughbred Corp., KY.; OThe Thoroughbred Corporation; TBob Baffert
Mr. Prospector Words of War , by Lord At War (ARG)
BStonerside Stable, KY.; OGodolphin Racing LLC; TSaeed bin Suroor
Peaks and Valleys Saratoga Dame , by Saratoga Six
BMr. & Mrs. Robert E. Courtney, KY.; OGary and Mary West Stables, Inc.; TDallas Stewart
From top to bottom in 2001, Point Given has appeared unbeatable, and in every case except one, that proved to be true. The colt who was favored to win the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), instead made the midsummer’s Derby at Saratoga his fifth grade I win this year. Point Given took the Travers Stakes (gr. I) by 31/2 lengths over E Dubai.
Looking at Point Given’s pedigree, from the top down for three generations, the black type goes beyond bold face. All but two of Point Given’s 14 closest relatives won stakes races; nine of the 14 are graded stakes winners. His sire, Thunder Gulch, won four grade I races as a 3-year-old, including the Belmont (gr. I) and Travers Stakes. The average winning distance of his nine lifetime wins was just over nine furlongs. Turkoman, the broodmare sire of Point Given, was better at age four than three. The son of Alydar averaged eight furlongs among his eight lifetime wins, which included the 1986 Marlboro Cup (gr. I), a 10-furlong race, and the champion older horse title that year. Point Given’s dam and granddam are stakes winners, as is the dam of Turkoman.
Turko’s Turn, the dam of Point Given, and her dam, Turbo Launch, both produced colts by Charismatic in Kentucky this spring. Prince Ahmed Salman owns Turko’s Turn and bred Point Given in the name The Thoroughbred Corp. Turbo Launch is owned by Bertram Linder.
The first foal from Turko’s Turn, Deher’s Turn, is now a 4-year-old. The colt won his last race, an Aug. 5 allowance at Canterbury Park, by 41/4 lengths. He is owned by Warrendale Farms and trained by Michael Murray.
Thunder Gulch has sired 19 stakes winners and currently leads the general sire list. Syndicated Thunder Gulch stood the 2001 season at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., for a $75,000 fee. He is currently serving Southern Hemisphere stud duty in Australia.—K.J.I.