12/18/2011 6:40PM

Hollywood Park: CashCall Futurity flop relegates Drill to sprints in future

Shigeki Kikkawa
After three straight defeats going 1 1/16 miles, Drill will focus on one-turn races this winter, according to trainer Bob Baffert.

INGLEWOOD, Calif.- Drill, the Grade 1 winner who finished ninth in Saturday’s $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park, will run in one-turn races this winter, trainer Bob Baffert said on Sunday.

The two stablemates who finished in front of him – race winner Liaison and Sky Kingdom, who was fourth, will start in Kentucky Derby preps this winter, as expected.

Drill finished 7 1/2 lengths behind the Baffert-trained Liaison in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity, run over 1 1/16 miles. Drill’s effort was a disappointment to Baffert considering the colt won the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity in September and was second in the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita in October.

The CashCall result was Drill’s third consecutive defeat over 1 1/16 miles, preceded by a 10th in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and a seventh in the Delta Jackpot Stakes in November.

“He doesn’t want to go that far,” Baffert said. “He’s had enough chances now. Maybe when he gets a little older. I’ll shorten him up to one turn.”

Drill was ridden by Martin Garcia. The colt was first or second to the eighth pole before fading.

“Martin was going to break and get him back a little bit,” Baffert said. “He broke sharp and got a little rank with those speed horses.”

Baffert said that his three CashCall runners emerged from the race in good condition. As of Sunday, he had no race plans for Liaison. Owned by Arnold Zetcher, Liaison won the Real Quiet Stakes over 1 1/16 miles in his stakes debut on Nov. 12. The colt is by Indian Charlie, who died of cancer last week.

In the CashCall, Liaison earned $375,000 in vital graded stakes earnings which are used to determine the field for the Kentucky Derby. Sunday, Baffert was focused more on Liaison’s victory and his potential than the purse money earned.

“I don’t worry about prize money,” Baffert said. “I want the horse to get there.”

The Baffert-trained Sky Kingdom closed from 10th in a field of 13 to finish 2 1/4 lengths behind the winner. Sky Kingdom was bumped at the start.

“He got jostled around and was way back,” Baffert said. “I thought he ran a big race.”