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Del Mar: Points Offthebench wins Bing Crosby to give Yakteen first Grade 1 score
By Jay Privman
DEL MAR, Calif. – A day after winning the Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga, Mike Smith completed a coast-to-coast, Grade 1 double by guiding Points Offthebench to a mild upset victory in the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes on Sunday at Del Mar, giving trainer Tim Yakteen his first Grade 1 victory.
Points Offthebench ($8.80) was the fourth choice among six runners in his stakes debut. Smith settled him into fourth place early in the six-furlong race, they hit the front a furlong out, and they were fully extended to stave off Goldencents and win by a head in 1:09.04 on Polytrack.
Jimmy Creed was another 3 1/4 lengths back in third and was followed by Majestic City, Comma to the Top, and the longshot Coach Bob, who set the early pace before tiring.
A $200,000 bet was made to show on Comma to the Top at Santa Anita, stewards reported. Because of that, there were slightly inflated show prices ($8.40, $6.60, and $7.20) on the first three finishers in the small field.
Smith said Yakteen gave him two specific instructions that helped: “Be careful not to hit the front too soon, because he pulls himself up, and help him switch leads.”
Points Offthebench, 4, was pointed to the Bing Crosby by Yakteen following a second-level allowance win at Betfair Hollywood Park on May 27. That gave him a record of four wins in six starts, with two of the wins coming against California-breds. Yakteen, who trains the Benchmark gelding for Donnie Crevier and Charles Martin, decided to go in the Bing Crosby after a pair of strong workouts here.
“It was a pretty deep group, but he trained well, and he drew a great post,” Yakteen said, referring to Pointsoffthebench landing the outside post. “I’ve been around Grade 1 winners lots of times for other trainers. This is much sweeter. It’s a real special feeling.”
Smith, modest as usual, downplayed his continued good fortune this year, which has included major wins on Palace Malice, Game On Dude, and Royal Delta, among others.
“I’m so humbled, so blessed,” he said. “This is incredible. I feel very fortunate. I feel like I should give something away.”
Add Fast Bullet and Roman Threat to this group and the west looks all set for the BC Sprint.
Hey Raider-Fan, for my sake, thankgoodness someone like Espinoza or Eddie D wasnt on "cents".....................he came like a rocket, thought I was dead 1/2 way down the lane . I think next out, he gets at least Mario Gutierrez
Kevin Krigger is a dump truck that has no business riding a horse like Goldencents
I had Pointsoffthebench, but Goldencents was just as impressive ! If you had seen his early race back east last year against Shanghai Bobby, he gunned to the lead, fought Bobby thru the stretch, then swung out and tried to re-rally, all in just his 2nd race. I said to a friend of mine, if they concentrate on short, this horse is going to be special ! The way he rallied from way back, out wide in the quicksand, puts a new demension into this horse. Can you say Breeders Cup sprint. Sad sad track................................I could win from the 1 box against Secretariat !
Im not sure how much the best Pointsoffthe bench was because this freaking track bias is INSANE ! If you look at the charts, you would have had a nice day just playing (boxing) the inside 4 boxes all day. Even the horses that are rallying, other than Pointsoffthebench are sitting inside and waiting for an opening. Rallying wide is like running in quicksand, thats why this win is impressive (4 wide move ). Anytime you have a Grade 1 winner folding like a cheap tent the way Comma to the Top did, the track needs serious examination. This polycrap is going to cost the city and business of Del Mar and surrounding communities millions of dollars if they dont go back to normal, all american DIRT ! Why ? Because the Breeders Cup has said, "yes we are interested in Del Mar, no we are not interested in your fake track, or "poly crap " Lets get back to dirt, that way we have Santa Anita dirt, and Del Mar dirt, form will re appear .
This was a superb ride by Mike Smith ........ As I stated before..Comma to the top... it is just a matter of time before the piper has to be paid for those front wraps !!!
mike smith is the nuts. I wonder if the baffert camp is struggling with a rider change for game on dude now that Chantal is back tearing it up?
Much respect to the winner and his connections. I'm not sure it mattered either way as good as the winner and Goldencents were yesterday, but Comma to the Top is a balls-to-the-wall speed horse. He guns and goes as far as his heart will take him. So why the heck when he broke clean and cleared to the inside did Maldonado wait? He's just gotta go, and take them as far as he can. I say that with no money wagered on the race. But that was a poor ride by Maldonado.
Tim did a great job with horse after the time congrats... this horse has grown up hope he stays there for you..
To the person(s) who put the whopping show money on Comma (over 215,000 to show), THANK YOU!!! Was happy to lay the money on Golden Cents!! Mike Smith hottest jockey on planet this weekend!!!
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