Breeders' Cup Sprint Contender Fatally Injured in Workout

Breeders' Cup Sprint Contender Fatally Injured in Workout

Points Offthebench suffered condylar fracture in his right front fetlock while preparing for a start in the Nov. 2 Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint.

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Top Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint contender Points Offthebench suffered a severe injury to his right front fetlock while working Oct. 26 on the Santa Anita Park main track and was euthanized. The accident occurred less than a week before the 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships, taking place Nov. 1-2, are set to begin at the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack.

The 4-year-old by Benchmark—Mo Chuisle, by Free House, was trained by Tim Yakteen. He was being worked in company with the mare Rock and Glory at four furlongs and was ridden by jockey Mike Smith.

"He sustained a condylar fracture in his right front," Yakteen said. "You can't describe it—it's sad." The condyle is the bulbous bottom (or distal end) of the cannon bone that fits into the fetlock joint.

Smith was uninjured, according to his agent Brad Pegram.

Points Offthebench was owned by Donnie Crevier and Charles Martin. Bred in California by Gary Rocks, the gelding was coming into the Breeders' Cup World Championships off victories in the Bing Crosby Stakes and the Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes.

"He's been a tremendous horse. He was the nicest horse you would ever find," Martin said. "He had an affinity for Tim's youngest son. You could just walk up and he'd let you pet him for 15 minutes. He was as much a pet as an awesome racehorse. He brought so much fun to all of us.

"I feel bad for Tim, but also for the guys in the barn. Tim's assistant trainer, John (Applegarth), wrote something on Facebook recently about how excited he was to go to work every day knowing they had the fastest racehorse in North America. I'm sure everyone in the barn is devastated."

Points Offthebench won 6 of 8 starts for earnings of $514,940 and would likely have been the program favorite for the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

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