11/20/2012 5:58PM

Aqueduct: Coil shipping in for Cigar Mile

Barbara D. Livingston
Coil will carry top weight of 120 pounds in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct.

OZONE PARK, N.Y. – As trainer Bob Baffert was preparing to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with his in-laws in Tennessee, one of his Grade 1-winning horses was getting ready to hit the road to New York for Saturday’s Grade 1, $350,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct.

Coil, winner of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship last month, will try to rebound from his seventh-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint when he runs in what is expected to be a seven-horse field for Saturday’s Cigar Mile, the last Grade 1 race in 2012 on this circuit.

Coil will be the starting highweight at 120 pounds in the Cigar Mile against a field that was expected to include Groupie Doll (118), Stay Thirsty (118), Hymn Book (117), Jersey Town (117), Buffum (116), and Associate (115) when entries were made and post positions drawn Wednesday.

Baffert, a three-time winner of the Cigar Mile, said Coil had no chance in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint given how Santa Anita’s main track favored speed and his horse comes from off the pace in sprints.

“You had to come back completely clean,” said Baffert, referring to the fact that speed horses don’t get dirt kicked at them. “If I had known the track would have been like that, we would have gone in the [Dirt] Mile.”

Baffert said Coil – as was the case with all of his Breeders’ Cup starters – came out of the Sprint in excellent shape and has worked well since. Coil, a son of Point Given, is a Grade 1 winner at 1 1/8 miles and six furlongs, and Baffert said he is looking to “pad his r é sum é ” for those interested in Coil as a stallion prospect.

“It’s a good spot for him,” said Baffert, who has Martin Garcia to ride.

Baffert won the Cigar Mile in 2000 with El Corredor and in 2002-03 with Congaree. In 2003, Congaree won the Cigar Mile after running fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Infinity More than 1 year ago
$1 Superfecta box for $120, 5 horses paid, $54,000. Best Superfecta payout all BC weekend. 3 3 year old's in top 4.
Ian Salon More than 1 year ago
One horse ran a 0 on the rags if it happens again then the race is already in the book. A lot of bad horses in here, tired horses, and horses out of shape. I hate loving 2 races on the same weekend but this looks too easy.
Bill Robb More than 1 year ago
Who ran the 0?
Rodney More than 1 year ago
Looks so easy Ian? O on the bounce, usually means a big zero in the selection. You think Beyer and Wizard are any better? Good luck. suggest the best site...totally free....haystackbounceneedlespeed.com
John More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best betting angles right after the Breeders Cup . All these Breeders Cup horse had been trained right up to the Breeders Cup, with a specific race in mind, Coil for example, the sprint . Now that they faltered in the Breeders Cup, plan 2 very rarely works out. I love betting against Breeders Cup horse this time of year. The only problem is figuring who is going to beat them ! Happy Turkey Day everyone !.......Lets see if this angle plays out in the Cigar Mile.
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
The day after their loss, they could run again. Bad angle.....Drop it from your toolbelt.
Albert More than 1 year ago
Agree with other posts here that Coil had no shot in the BC Sprint, but not because the track was playing fast. Look at the entries, he was one of the slowest 'winners' at 6-furlongs coming in. Baffert BS. Having said this, I think the horse is staunch in NYC at a mile against an iffy field. How can I call Groupie iffy? Over a 50 year period I have watched one sprinter after another, great sprinters, fold in the Aqueduct stretch going a mile. I don't wish it on her, but I can't bet her in this spot.
B More than 1 year ago
Turning into a real interesting race for this late in the year. Hoping she takes it, but it's very competitive.
Gene More than 1 year ago
Hope that big tendon makes it through
volponisingle More than 1 year ago
I knew Coil and his stable-mate had absolutely no chance in the B.C cup sprint, how could a trainer of Baffert stature not knew better! Not a good enougth excuse for two proven horses @ seven furlongs and upward! There were the two obvious of B.C miss fits, closers cutting back an automatic toss! Now the Cigar mile is more like it, out to make amends and prove his mistake by so doing!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
'If I had known' - - - Was not Baffled at 'Nita ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did you know that Baffert has a Jockey statue on his mantel at home - surely, it plays music.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Weird scenario's here...Baffert king of this race.. Coil suited perfectly for this race.. Shack stayed home..Groupie Doll stretchin out against males, Hymm Book in great form off last, Jersey Town bounced in last in BC....all could win as weights show.. But why is a ny bred Lumber Guy not in here???? Malibu doesn't have the bonus $ for NY bred, or am I missing something?
rdeeps52 More than 1 year ago
Pretty sure owner lives in Cali and wants to see the horse run out there. Think horse stayed in Cali after Breeders Cup
rdeeps52 More than 1 year ago
Meaning The Lumber Guy
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
He is with Drysdale for Malibu n winter.. I see your point but from $ and breeding NY seems more logical..but I'm not the millionare.