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Points Offthebench wins Santa Anita Sprint

October 6, 2013

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Points Offthebench rallied to win the $250,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship by a half-length Saturday to give trainer Tim Yakteen his first Grade 1 win at the track.

Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Points Offthebench ran six furlongs in 1:08 and paid $11.20, $4.60 and $3.

“I would say, yeah, this is the biggest win of my career,” said Yakteen, a former assistant to Bob Baffert and the late Charlie Whittingham. “This was a tough, tough race. This is special.”

Goldencents returned $3.20 and $2.40, while Distinctive Passion was another 2½ lengths back in third and paid $5.40 to show.

The victory, worth $150,000, increased Points Offthebench’s career earnings to $514,940, with six wins in eight starts.

In other stakes:

—No Jet Lag won the $150,000 City of Hope Mile by a half-length under Smith. The horse ran the distance on the turf in 1:31.84 and paid $28.20 to win. Trained by Simon Callaghan, No Jet Lag improved to 2 for 2 in the U.S. while winning a graded stakes for the first time.

—Teddy’s Promise won the $100,000 L.A. Woman Stakes by two lengths. She ran 6½ furlongs in 1:15.28 under Victor Espinoza and paid $5.40 to win.

—Miss Pippa won the $74,000 Swingtime Stakes by a half-length under Smith. She ran a mile on the turf in 1:34.11 after rallying from last and paid $9 to win.

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