Bing Crosby Stakes (Grade I)
DEL MAR, CALIFORNIA SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2013
MIKE SMITH (Points Offthebench, winner) – “Tim (trainer Tim Yakteen) told me two things about him beforehand: He said don’t make the lead too early with him and he’ll need some help changing leads. This horse is still learning and I had to help him switch (leads) in the stretch. I made that lead and I knew that (Goldencents) was coming. But my horse dug back in. He’s a good horse; he really is.”
KEVIN KRIGGER (Goldencents, second) – “I didn’t have the best of trips out there. When we turned for home, they were fanned out in front of me and I had to make a choice. I thought for a second about trying to go down inside, but then I went out. I didn’t want to get stopped in a race like this. He fired for me and ran really well. I think we’ve got to be happy with his race. It was a good one.”
RAFAEL BEJARANO (Jimmy Creed, third) – “No excuses. He ran hard and did his best. It was a good race for him.”
DAVID FLORES (Majestic City, fourth) – “They were going too fast for him early and he had a hard time keeping up. But he settled well and came running late. It was a good effort on his part.”
EDWIN MALDONADO (Comma to the Top, fifth) – “He broke really well and we had a nice lead. But I knew they were going to come after me on that Northern California horse (Coach Bob). They came pushing on me and I had to push back to keep my position. They cost me.”
MARCIA STORTZ (Coach Bob, sixth) – “The plan was to go for it. The pace was good. He tried.”
TIM YAKTEEN (Points Offthebench, winner) -- “My first Grade I winner. It’s been a long time, at least eight years (since he started training on his own). I didn’t think I’d have to wait this long. He was training great, we drew a great post and he was ready for the task, so I felt confident going into the race. He ran huge and Mike (Smith) gave him a great ride.”
SPLITS: :22.44 :44.98 :56.91 1:09.04
The stakes win in the Bing Crosby was the second in the race for Mike Smith (he won last year’s running with champion Amazombie), but his first of the meeting. He now has won 37 Del Mar stakes all told. Smith accomplished a coast-to-coast double with the Crosby victory. He’d won the Grade II Jim Dandy Stakes aboard Palace Malice at Saratoga on Saturday.
The stakes win was the first in the Bing Crosby for Yakteen and his first of the meeting. He now has won four Del Mar stakes.
Pointsoffthebench is owned by Don Crevier and Charles Martin. Martin is from Studio City, CA.