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Breeders' Cup Buzz Horse: #7 Points Offthebench

Points Offthebench wins 2013 SA Sprint Championship.
Photo: Benoit Photo

***Editor's Note - Sadly, Points Offthebench broke down today during a workout at Santa Anita and had to be euthanized.***

From now until the
 Breeders’ Cup, we’ll be counting down the Top 10 Breeders’ Cup Buzz Horses – horses we’re excited to watch run at Santa Anita this November 1-2. 

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Breeders’ Cup Buzz Horse #7 - Points Offthebench
Breeders' Cup Division: Sprint

Breeding: Benchmark - Mo Chuisle (Free House)
Four-year-old Gelding
Trainer: Tim Yakteen
Owner: Donnie Crevier & Charles V. Martin
Breeder:  Gary Rocks
*Timeform Master Rating: 123
Most Impressive Prep Race: Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes, Santa Anita, Oct. 5 2013
**TimeformUS Speed Figure earned: 116
Analysis of key prep (Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship): Breaking from post position number six, Points Offthebench showed good tactical speed and settled comfortably early, behind the breakaway leader Distinctiv Passion, who went out winging by himself through very fast early fractions. Points Offthebench, at odds of 9/2,  was positioned side by side with last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint winner, Trinniberg, after a quarter mile. 

In a clear demonstration of two horses going in different directions on form, the more heavily backed Trinniberg started to retreat while under a busy ride. Meanwhile, Points Offthebench started advancing strongly towards the leader while under the extremely confident handling of Mike Smith. 

Points Offthebench was going so easily that he appeared to be a certain winner on the far turn. However, he lugged in sharply when straightened for the stretch drive. Mike Smith was able to keep him straight enough to get by Distinctiv Passion. Points Offthebench responded gamely when finally urged in mid-stretch and held off the late rally of Goldencents to capture his fourth straight race and second at the Grade 1 level.
Buzz Horse Countdown:
#8 Havana 
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*Timeform Master Ratings are adjusted for age, so that equal ratings mean horses of equal merit. Another way of looking at it is to see the universal rating handicap as four handicaps side by side: one for two-year-olds, one for three-year -olds, one for four-year-olds and one for older horses.
**In TimeformUS past performances, neither the Timeform Performance Ratings nor the TimeformUS Speed Figures are adjusted for age.    


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Older Comments about Breeders' Cup Buzz Horse: #7 Points Offthebench...

It hurts to know this. My heart goes out to Point's connections who like us are left asking why...
He was to be Trainer Tim Yakteen's first BC starter.
What happened? I missed this! He died? So sad
It's amazing how quickly we get attached to these magnificent creatures. At the beginning of the year, very few knew about Points, and now he was heading into the BC Sprint as one of the favorites. RIP Points Offthebench.
Very sad day. RIP to Points Offthebench. I feel we never saw his full potential... Thanks for making him Buzz horse and reminding us of his talent and potential.
so sad about what happened this morning. just devastating. this was my Sprint horse.

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