Points Offthebench Takes Top Cal-Bred Honors

Points Offthebench Takes Top Cal-Bred Honors
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Points Offthebench in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship.

Points Offthebench was named California-bred Horse of the Year for 2013 at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s annual meeting and awards dinner Feb. 10 at the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkeley.

Halo Dolly, Teddy's Promise, and Tiz Flirtatious were the other finalists for Horse of the Year.

Points Offthebench, sired by Benchmark out of the Free House mare Mo Chuisle, was bred by Gary Rocks, owned by Donnie Crevier and Charles Martin, and trained by Tim Yakteen.

Points Offthebench was a two-time grade I winner in 2013, capturing the Bing Crosby and Santa Anita Sprint Championship stakes. He had a four-race win streak when he suffered a fatal injury working out in preparation for the Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I). He had six wins in eight starts and earnings of $514,940.

Earlier this year, Points Offthebench was named the Eclipse Award champion sprinter for 2013. He also was named champion Cal-bred sprinter and older male at Monday night's dinner.

Also at the dinner, trainer William Morey Jr. and stallion In Excess were inducted into the CTBA Hall of Fame.

The other champions presented at the dinner:

Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings: Unusual Heat, owned by The Unusual Heat Syndicate.

Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Turf Earnings: Unusual Heat.

Champion Sire of California Conceived Two-Year-Olds by Earnings: Tribal Rule, owned by The Tribal Rule Syndicate.

Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Number of Winners: Tribal Rule.

Champion Freshman Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings: Square Eddie  , owned by J. Paul Reddam.

Champion Breeders of California Foaled Thoroughbreds by Earnings: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds.

Trainer of the Year Award: Jerry Hollendorfer.

Champion California-bred Two-Year-Old Female: Swiss Lake Yodeler, bred by owners Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, sired by Swiss Yodeler.

Champion California-bred Two-Year-Old Male: Tamarando, bred by owners Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, sired by Bertrando.

Champion California-bred Three-Year-Old Female: Doinghardtimeagain, bred by owner Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, sired by Ministers Wild Cat.

Champion California-bred Three-Year-Old Male: Gervinho  , bred by Barry Abrams and Madeline Auerbach, owned by Keith Brackpool, trained by Carla Gaines, sired by Unusual Heat.

Champion California-bred Older Male: Points Offthebench.

Champion California-bred Turf Horse: Tiz Flirtatious, bred by owner Pamela Ziebarth, trained by Martin Jones, sired by Tizbud  .

Champion California-bred Older Female: Tiz Flirtatious.

Champion California-bred Sprinter: Points Offthebench.

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