08/04/2010 8:40PM

Del Mar: The money is right on Bench Points


Bench Points was the subject of a series of strong bets before Wednesday's $100,000 Graduation Stakes in the win pool, daily double and pick 3 that ended in the seventh race. The money was spot-on.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Bench Points saved ground throughout the 5 1-2 furlongs, and rallied between horses in the final furlong to win his stakes debut and remain unbeaten in two starts. Listed at 9-2 on the morning-line, Bench Points returned $6.60 as the second choice.

Trainer Tim Yakteen said that Bench Points was held out of stakes at Hollywood Park last month in favor of the Graduation Stakes for statebreds. He said the $100,000 I'm Smokin Stakes for statebreds on Sept. 6 or the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 8, the closing day of the meeting, are possible races for Bench Points's next start.

A colt, Bench Points is by Benchmark.