Ramona, CA (January 9, 2014). According to Daily Racing Form columnist,
Jay Privman, the Eclipse Award for male sprinter “is a close call” between
Benchmark’s Points Offthebench, a two-time Grade 1 winner who died in
his final work for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, and the Eddington 4-year-old
Secret Circle, who won the BC Sprint as the 5-2 favorite in his second start
following an 18-month layoff.
Undefeated at distances of six furlongs or less, Secret Circle has never finished
worse than second in nine career starts. He earned $859,800 for his two victories
in as many starts in 2013 and increased his lifetime bankroll to almost $1.9
Points Offthebench is the second California-bred Eclipse Award finalist for
Benchmark whose 3-year-old Idiot Proof was among the 2007 finalists in the
male sprinter category.
Ballena Vista sire Tribal Rule also has a close connection to the 2013 Eclipse
Awards as his full sister Common Hope is the dam of the Two-Year-Old Male
finalist, Shared Belief.