Thursday, October 6, 2011
Baffert still weighing Cup start for Coil
By Steve Andersen
Daily Racing Form
ARCADIA, Calif.-There may be a race at the Breeders' Cup for Haskell Invitational winner Coil after all.
Last weekend, trainer Bob Baffert said Coil would not start in the BC Classic over 1 1/4 miles at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5 after a third-place finish to stablemate Game On Dude and Awesome Gem in the $250,000 Goodwood Stakes at Santa Anita.
Baffert reiterated that position on Wednesday, but said that the $1 million BC Dirt Mile around one turn on the same day is a possibility. He stopped well short of committing the promising 3-year-old.
"If I were to change my mind, it would be that race," he said. "I'll see how things shape up. I've got three weeks to change my mind."
By Point Given, Coil has won half of his eight starts and $782,560 for owners Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman.
The same partners own Drill, the runner-up in the $250,000 Norfolk Stakes last Saturday, who was battling a fever on Wednesday, Baffert said.
Drill is considered one of the top West Coast-based contenders for the BC Juvenile. Before the Norfolk, Drill won his stakes debut in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity over seven furlongs on Sept. 7.
"Drill got sick after the race," Baffert said. "Hopefully, he'll be okay."