With Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in the saddle, California-bred
Points Offthebench made a memorable debut in stakes company as he held
on tenaciously in the final strides to defeat three-year-old Goldencents
by a head Sunday in the Grade I $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes.
Points Offthebench, a son of Benchmark who had won four of six starts
in non-stakes races, took command in the upper stretch and dug in
determinedly when challenged by 9-5 favored Goldencents who was making
his first appearance since finishing fifth in the Preakness Stakes last
Jimmy Creed was third, 3 1/4 lengths behind the runner-up, with
Majestic City another 2 1/4 lengths away in fourth. Comma to the Top was
fifth and Coach Bob sixth and last.
Points Offthebench, owned by Donald Crevier and Charles Martin and
conditioned by Tim Yakteen, raced the six furlongs in 1:09.04 and
returned $8.80, $4.20 and $8.40. First money of $180,000 almost doubled
gelding’s bankroll, to $364,940, and gave Yakteen his first win in a
Grade I event.
Points Offthebench also provided Smith with his second significant
stakes success of the weekend, having won the Grade II $600,000 Jim
Dandy Stakes Saturday at Saratoga in upstate New York.
Goldencents, the Santa Anita Derby winner this year, had regular
rider Kevin Krigger in the boot Sunday and paid $3.60 and $6.60, while
Jimmy Creed returned $7.20 to show.
Julian Leparoux had his most productive day of the meeting as he rode
three winners – Trucial State at $13.60 in the fifth, Pontchatrain at
$9.40 in the seventh and Horizontalyspeakin at $15 in the tenth race
With no perfect tickets in the Pick Six Sunday, Wednesday’s program
will feature a carryover of $261,359. Post time Wednesday for the first
of eight races will be 2 p.m.