Kentucky Derby contender - Bench Points (VIDEO)

The undefeated Bench Points (ranked No. 23 on Horse Racing Nation’s 2011 Kentucky Derby Contenders list) worked for the first time on Friday morning since making his three-year-old debut a winning one in an allowance race at Santa Anita on February 11.

Trainer Tim Yakteen was pleased with the half mile work in 47.4 and confirmed the California-bred son of Benchmark is being pointed to the Grade II $250,000 San Felipe Stakes at a mile and a sixteenth on March 12.

This will mark the first try around two turns for Bench Points, who Yakteen also confirmed will be ridden again by Alonso Quinonez.

After Rafael Bejarano was aboard for the first three victories of his career, including a pair of stakes at Del Mar last summer, Quinonez took over for the first time in his aforementioned allowance victory.

My entire interview with Yakteen from Clocker’s Corner this morning can be seen below.

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Meet Marc Doche

 

As a life long horse racing fan and handicapper, its an honor to be joining
Horseracingnation.com to share my knowledge and expertise on a daily basis to horse racing fans.
 
Since the early 1980s when I visited Santa Anita with my grandfather as a young boy, the track has been in my blood. As soon as I turned 16, I was driving out to the track as much as possible, and with the advent of the self-service machines, was able to wager hassle free.
 
After graduating from UCLA in 2000, I began my career in sports media as a site manager for Athletesdirect.com and a couple of years later became the Media Relations Coordinator for the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League.
 
In the past few years, I have moved my focus to covering the Sport of Kings and have worked in the early hours to better understand morning workouts and putting the pieces of the handicapping puzzle together.
 
I have also used my journalistic talents to produce video coverage of stakes races in Southern California, as well as interviews with jockeys, trainers, owners and more. I look forward to providing their in-depth insight to you.

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