Haskell Invitational H. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 9f ,)

POINT GIVEN (CH h, 124 lb) $900,000
Thunder Gulch —Turko's Turn , by Turkoman
B—The Thoroughbred Corp., KY.; O—The Thoroughbred Corporation; T—Bob Baffert

Touch Tone (B h, 115 lb) $300,000
Pick Up the Phone —Super Seniorita , by El Baba
B—Sandra J. Ezell, FL.; O—Tom R. Durant; T—Ronny W. Werner

Burning Roma (B h, 119 lb) $150,000
Rubiano —While Rome Burns , by Overskate
B—William S. Farish Jr., KY.; O—Harold L. Queen; T—Anthony W. Dutrow

Margins: ½, nose, ¾. Others: This Fleet Is Due 114($90,000) , Jamaican Rum 116($45,000) , Hero's Tribute 119($15,000) . Winning Jockey, Gary L. Stevens.

Saratoga commonly is referred to as the Graveyard of Favorites, but it was at Monmouth Park on Aug. 5 where the big upset nearly took place. Dual classic winner Point Given, the 3-10 favorite in the Haskell Invitational Handicap (gr. I), was all out to beat 13-1 Touch Tone by a half-length.

The $900,000 in first-place earnings upped Point Given’s earnings to $3,368,500, past the $2.9 million earned by his sire, Thunder Gulch, and the $3 million earned by grandsire, Gulch. Point Given, whose sole loss in 2001 came as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), has won five races this year.

Prince Ahmed Salman’s The Thoroughbred Corp., which races homebred Point Given, boards the colt’s dam, Turko’s Turn, at Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington. The farm is owned by Dr. John Chandler and his wife, Alice. Turko’s Turn is carrying a full sibling to Point Given.

This is the second time that The Thoroughbred Corp. has owned Turko’s Turn. The first came when the outfit bought the mare (in foal to Dehere) for $130,000 at the 1996 Keeneland November breeding stock sale from Hill ‘n’ Dales Sales Agency. Turko’s Turn produced a colt the following year and foaled Point Given in 1998.

In the fall of 1998, The Thoroughbred Corp. consigned Turko’s Turn (in foal to Hennessy) through Mill Ridge Sales to the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, where David Garvin’s Ironwood Farm bought the mare for $160,000. After Point Given had broken his maiden as a 2-year-old at Del Mar in 2000, The Thoroughbred Corp. privately purchased Turko’s Turn (in foal to Charismatic) from Ironwood for a reported $400,000. At this year’s Fasig-Tipton Florida February sale of 2-year-olds in training, The Thoroughbred Corp. bought Point Given’s 2-year-old half-sister, Point Gained (by Hennessy), for $300,000 from Sequel Bloodstock, agent. Point Gained won at first asking at Lone Star Park in June, then ran unplaced in the Silver Spur Stakes in July.

Thunder Gulch has sired 18 stakes winners, including additional 2001 stakes winners Tweedside (gr. I), Tempest Morn (Aust-I), Spain (gr. II), Mystic Lady (gr. II), Balbina (Aust-III), Vita (Aust-III), Tully Thunder (in Australia), Shot Of Thunder (in Australia), and Mon Pote Le Gitan (in France). Thunder Gulch stands at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. The farm is a satellite of Irish-based Coolmore Stud. His 2001 fee was $75,000. Thunder Gulch will stand the 2001 Southern Hemisphere season at Coolmore Australia.—D.S.