Kaplan Trainee Slated for Start in Gulfstream's Signature Race off Long Layoff HALLANDALE BEACH, FL -- My Point Exactly is scheduled to run in the $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on March 28 off an impressive stakes debut victory last time out. The 3-year-old gelding is also set to start in Gulfstream Park's signature race off a layoff of almost seven months.
"Ideally, you'd like to have a race in him to tighten him up, but he's a true distance horse, he likes Gulfstream, and he's such an endurance horse I don't think it will affect him," trainer Bill Kaplan said.
My Point Exactly shipped to Louisiana Downs last September to run in the $75,000 Sunday Silence Stakes, a turf mile on the Super Derby undercard. The gray son of Concord Point stalked the early pace before making a five-wide move on the turn into the homestretch and getting up to win by a neck with a late surge. My Point Exactly's stakes victory came in his first start around two turns.
The Sunday Silence was scheduled to be My Point Exactly's last race during his 2-year-old season with Kaplan's eye toward the road to the Triple Crown and longer distances.
"After he got back from Louisiana he was getting a two-month break," Kaplan said. "We weren't going to run him until February. But then he got sick - there was a cough running through the barn - so it took us some more time to get him ready."
Owned by Pinnacle Racing Stables, Robert Norman, Roger Justice and Jack Hendricks, My Point Exactly has a series of six workouts in preparation for his belated 2015 debut in the 1 1/8-mile Florida Derby.
My Point Exactly began his career at Gulfstream Park last summer with a pair of out-of-the-money finishes at sprint distances of five furlongs and six furlongs. The long-striding gelding was stretched out in a one-turn mile maiden event in August, and he responded to the added distance with a resounding 10 1/2-length victory that set him up for his stakes debut in Louisiana.
Kaplan expects to have a busy Florida Derby Day, when he is planning to run Davona Dale (G2) winner Ekati's Phaeton in the $250,000 Gulfstream Park Oaks (G2) and Indiana Derby (G2) winner East Hall in the $150,000 Skip Away (G3). Ekati's Phaeton tuned up for the Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-old fillies, Friday morning at Gulfstream Park, breezing five furlongs in 1:00.72.