Animal Kingdom places in expected last US race
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. (AP)
Former Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom finished second in what was expected to be his final U.S. race, Saturday's $300,000 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap.
Breeders' Cup Turf runner-up Point of Entry, ridden by John Velazquez, won the 1 1/8-mile Grade I race by 1 1/4 lengths despite giving two pounds to Animal Kingdom, who was ridden for the first time by Joel Rosario.
Point of Entry took the lead at the eighth pole and held off Animal Kingdom as they raced to the finish line.
It was Animal Kingdom's second straight runner-up performance. He finished second to Wise Dan in the Breeders' Cup Mile last November.
Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, is expected to run in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) on March 30 and possibly the Royal Ascot in England in June. The 5-year-old chestnut then will be retired.
Point of Entry paid $6.20, $2.60 and 2.10. Animal Kingdom paid $2.40 and $2.10. Unbridled Command finished third paying $2.10. The exacta paid $12.60.