Point Piper has blossomed at the age of six and after proving he can hang with some of the country's top handicap horses, he's ready for his biggest challenge yet in the Breeders' Cup Las Vegas Dirt Mile.
It has been a wild ride for the Kentucky-bred son of Giant's Causeway, who began his career in Ireland before returning to the United States and selling for $80,000 at the 2013 Fasig Tipton Horses of Racing Age Sale. He spent the next two years competing in the allowance ranks until his fortunes turned when Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and partners purchased him privately before the 2015 Del Mar meet.
In his first race for his new connections, Point Piper finished eighth in a turf allowance race. Realizing that his new charge may be happier on the dirt, Hollendorfer made the bold move of entering him in the 2015 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes for his next start and was rewarded when the horse won at odds of 30-1, returning a generous $62. Since then Point Piper has raced exclusively in stakes.
Point Piper earned his first graded stakes victory in August of this year when he won the Grade 3 Longacres Mile Handicap in track record time. He also picked up a third in the Oaklawn Handicap behind Breeders' Cup Classic contenders Effinex and Melatonin, and a third in the Mineshaft Handicap at Fair Grounds. Should he win the Dirt Mile, it would be the second win for Hollendorfer, who first won the race with longshot Dakota Phone in 2010.