San Felipe S. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 8.5f ,)

POINT GIVEN (CH h, 122 lb) $150,000
Thunder Gulch —Turko's Turn , by Turkoman
B—The Thoroughbred Corp., KY.; O—The Thoroughbred Corporation; T—Bob Baffert

I Love Silver (DK B/ g, 116 lb) $50,000
Silver Ghost —Lost Love , by Lost Code
B—Sandra Sexton, KY.; O—Robison, J. Kirk and Judy; T—Dean Greenman

Jamaican Rum (GR/RO g, 119 lb) $30,000
Exemplary Leader —Little Ricky S. , by Runaway Groom
B—Southern Nevada Racing Stables Inc, CA.; O—Southern Nevada Racing Stables, Inc.; T—James M. Cassidy

Margins: 2¼, 1½, 7. Others: Bank Street 116($15,000) , Indy Lead 116($5,000) , Skip to the Stone 119 , Silvertongue Fox 116 , Gold Trader 119 . Winning Jockey, Gary L. Stevens.

Look out Louisville, Bob Baffert and his California-based contingent are getting ready for May. Baffert saddled his fifth, sixth, and seventh San Felipe (gr. II) starters in the last three years, then watched as one of them, Point Given, gave the trainer his second win. Also on hand, breeder and owner Prince Ahmed Salman, who campaigns Point Given in his Thoroughbred Corp. name and silks.

Point Given was one of three Baffert entries in this year’s San Felipe. The trainer had three horses compete in the 1999 edition as well: winner Prime Timber, second-place finisher Exploit, and fourth-place runner Finder’s Gold. His 2001 cadre didn’t fare quite as well—Indy Lead was fifth and Silvertongue Fox finished seventh.

Point Given is one of three homebred stakes winners for The Thoroughbred Corp. He and Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) winner Spain have more in common than their racing colors—they are both by Thunder Gulch. Point Given and Spain also helped their sire to finish atop last year’s second-crop sire list, and continue to boost his numbers to put him ahead of all third-crop sires as well.

Turkoman is the broodmare sire of Point Given and 10 other stakes winners. His daughter Turko’s Turn, the dam of Point Given, won the Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes at Pleasanton and is the daughter of stakes winner Turbo Launch. The Thoroughbred Corp. bought Turko’s Turn for $130,000 at the 1996 Keeneland November sale, then sold her in 1998 to Ironwood Farm for $160,000. That transaction took place at the 1998 Keeneland November sale. Mill Ridge Sales, agent, consigned Turko’s Turn to that sale while in foal to Hennessy.

After Point Given made his first start last August, Salman repurchased Turko’s Turn privately from Ironwood. She and Spain’s dam, Drina, are both slated to be bred to Thunder Gulch again this year. Both mares are kept at Mill Ridge near Lexington.

Thunder Gulch has sired 11 stakes winners, including Mystic Lady, winner of the Herecomesthebride Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream, and second in the March 10 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) in her last start. Syndicated Thunder Gulch stands at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. The stallion’s fee was raised from $30,000 in 2000 to $50,000 for 2001.—K.J.I.