Santa Anita Derby (gr. I)

(gr. I , 9f ,)

POINT GIVEN (CH h, 122 lb) $450,000
Thunder Gulch —Turko's Turn , by Turkoman
B—The Thoroughbred Corp., KY.; O—The Thoroughbred Corporation; T—Bob Baffert

Crafty C. T. (CH h, 122 lb) $150,000
Crafty Prospector —Andriana B. , by Far North
B—Richard S. Kaster et all, KY.; O—C. T. Grether, Inc.; T—Howard L. Zucker

I Love Silver (DK B/ g, 122 lb) $90,000
Silver Ghost —Lost Love , by Lost Code
B—Sandra Sexton, KY.; O—Robison, J. Kirk and Judy; T—Dean Greenman

Margins: 5½, 3, 2½. Others: Palmeiro 122($45,000) , Cherokee Kim 122($15,000) , Scorpion 122 . Winning Jockey, Gary L. Stevens.

It’s been a dozen years since the Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) winner went on to capture the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), but trainer Bob Baffert is hoping to change all that. Baffert, who sent out Point Given to win the Santa Anita Derby, is expecting his colt to run well in the May 5 Run for the Roses and plans to send him to Louisville on April 18. “I’m looking forward to going to my old suite at the Executive West and camp out there,” he said.

The Santa Anita Derby triumph enabled Baffert to tie fellow conditioner D. Wayne Lukas by number of winners, with four. Baffert also won the race with Cavonnier (in 1996), Indian Charlie (1998), and General Challenge (1999). The first two-named placed in the Run for the Roses.

The victory also enabled jockey Gary Stevens to tie Bill Shoemaker by number of winners, with eight. Stevens’ first Santa Anita Derby winner was Winning Colors in 1988, followed by Mister Frisky (in 1990), Personal Hope (1993), Brocco (1994), Larry the Legend (1995), Indian Charlie, and General Challenge. A month after riding Winning Colors, Stevens rode her to victory in the Churchill classic. (The last Santa Anita/Kentucky Derby winner was Sunday Silence in 1989.)

As Kentucky Derby Day approaches, many racing fans will be split into groups either defending or ridiculing the dual qualifier concept. Dual qualifiers are those horses weighted within 10 pounds of the male topweight on the Experimental Free Handicap and also having the proper dosage necessary to negotiate successfully the Derby distance of 11/4 miles. Point Given fits right in.

Point Given was weighted at 125 pounds on the Experimental Free Handicap for males, a pound below topweight and champion Macho Uno. His Dosage Index is 3.00 and his Center of Distribution is 1.00. Horses with a DI higher than 4.00 and a CD higher than 1.25 are considered genetically unlikely to win the Derby.

Point Given races as a homebred for Prince Ahmed Salman’s The Thoroughbred Corp. On the Santa Anita Derby undercard, The Thoroughbred Corp. won the Arcadia Handicap (gr. II) with millionaire Lazy Lode and an allowance race with Poetic.

The Thoroughbred Corp. bought Point Given’s dam, Turko’s Turn, for $130,000 at the 1996 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. In foal to Dehere, Turko’s Turn was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency. Two years later at the Keeneland November sale, The Thoroughbred Corp., through Mill Ridge Sales, sold Turko’s Turn (in foal to Hennessy) to Ironwood Farm for $160,000. The Thoroughbred Corp. repurchased Turko’s Turn in August of 2000 after Point Given had made his first start. Turko’s Turn is boarded at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington. She produced a Charismatic filly on April 4 and will be bred to Thunder Gulch in an attempt to come up with a full sibling to Point Given.

Thunder Gulch, whom Stevens rode to victory in the 1995 Kentucky Derby, has sired 13 stakes winners, including additional 2001 added-money winners Tempest Morn (Aust-I), Spain (gr. II), Balbina (Aust-III), and Mystic Lady. Tempest Morn won the April 7 Ansett Australia Stakes (Aust-I). Syndicated Thunder Gulch stands for $50,000 at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.—D.S.