Point Given was the first Thoroughbred in history to win four consecutive million-dollar races.
Massive, powerful, consistent, determined, and sometimes hard to handle, Point Given showed early on that he had speed and stamina: two essential elements for a horse vying for the Triple Crown.
As a two-year-old, Point Given gave notice that he was a force to be reckoned with, winning the Hollywood Futurity and Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes.
The Big Red Train began his three-year-old season as expected, with easy victories in Derby prep races, making him the horse to watch in the upcoming Triple Crown races.
Point Given entered the Churchill Downs starting gate as the 9-5 favorite. He tracked the leaders while chasing a blistering pace, but weakened in the Derby stretch, finishing a disappointing fifth.
His fifth-place finish in the 2001 Derby was the only off-the-board finish in his entire career.
The “real” Point Given showed up in the Preakness Stakes, where he took command early to win easily.
Point Given earned an Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year in 2001 and was inducted into the National Horse Racing Museum and Hall of Fame in 2010.
Gary Stevens visited Point Given in retirement at Three Chimneys Farm, calling him “the best horse never to win a Triple Crown.”
Point Given was the favorite in all three Triple Crown races.
Sealy Hill (CAN)
Horse of the Year • Winner of Triple Tiara • Grade I producer
Points of Grace
Call Me George
Pump Up (JPN)
Hishi Polaris (JPN)
Gary Stevens, Jockey
Thunder Gulch, Turko’s Turn
The Thoroughbred Corporation
Hall of Champion Resident