02/11/2011 8:27PM

Santa Anita: 'Bench' beats Da Ruler


Bench Points remained unbeaten after four starts with a late rally in an optional claimer for 3-year-olds over six furlongs in Friday's seventh race.

Ridden by Alonso Quinonez, Bench Points ($7.20) caught 3-10 favorite Da Ruler in the final furlong and won by 1 1-4 lengths in 1:08.22. El Gaucho and Hollywood Heist completed the order of finish in a field shortened by the morning scratches of Polished Nickel and Rumor.

The optional claimer was the first start for Bench Points since last September. He underwent surgery last fall to have a bone chip removed from his left knee.

Trained by Tim Yakteen, Bench Points won two sprints for statebreds at Del Mar last year - the Graduation and I'm Smokin Stakes.