Heyman Retires 8-Year-Old Crossing Point

(from Laurel Park report)
Owner Fred Heyman announced Sunday that his popular Maryland-based gelding Crossing Point has been retired and will be turned over to his trainer Ben Feliciano Jr. and his wife, Wendy.

The 8-year-old son of Allen's Prospect won fifteen of forty-seven starts and $549,415. He won four stakes, placed in four others, and campaigned in numerous added-money sprints up and down the East Coast after joining the Feliciano barn. The Heyman's claimed Crossing Point for $20,000 in June of 2002.

"It was time," Heyman said. "He had run so fast and for so long that I think that it was starting to take its toll on him. He is sound and happy. We could have probably dropped him down into the lower claiming ranks and he would have won, but he also might have been claimed and I would read about him running in a $5,000 claiming race somewhere. He has been too good to us to do that to him.

"I have given him to Benny and his wife, Wendy, first because Benny did such a marvelous job with him and he deserves it and, second, because I know Benny and Wendy will take great care of him. Who knows, you may read about him as a jumper one day or as Benny's stable pony."

Feliciano said, "It's hard to lose a horse like this but Crossing Point won a lot of races and doesn't owe us anything. My wife is already re-training him as a show jumping horse, and he's taken to that line of work extremely well. He deserves a happy retirement. We did not want to see him descend the claiming ladder."