05/13/2012 5:18PM

Hollywood Park: Drill may travel to New York for Woody Stephens

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Shigeki Kikkawa
The seven-furlong Woody Stephens on June 9 may be the next target for Laz Barrera winner Drill.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Drill, the winner of the Grade 3 Laz Barrera Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday, may be bound for New York in June.

Trainer Bob Baffert said that Drill will be kept to stakes around one turn for the foreseeable future, and that the $400,000 Woody Stephens Stakes for 3-year-olds over seven furlongs on June 9 is a potential next start.

“The Woody Stephens is the next logical race, but we’ll play it by ear,” Baffert said.

He emphasized that Drill’s next start “will be a one-turn race.”

The Laz Barrera was Drill’s third stakes win around one turn, preceded by the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity last September and the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita in February. A winner of 4 of 11 starts in his career, Drill has won 4 of 6 starts around one turn. He is winless in five starts around two turns.

Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Drill has earned $419,710.

Drill closed from third in a field of four to win the Laz Barrera by a half-length over pacesetter American Act.