05/12/2012 4:32PM

Hollywood Park: Drill wins Barrera, makes case for staying a one-turn specialist

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Drill (right) wins the Barrera by a half-length, his stablemate, Gun Boat, who finished third, is to his outside.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - It is safe to say that Drill’s days of racing around two turns are over.

Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park, Drill ($4.40) won the third sprint stakes of his career in the $98,000 Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds. A colt by Lawyer Ron, Drill has won 4 of 11 starts in his career, and has won 4 of 6 starts around one turn. He is winless in five starts around two turns.

Ridden on Saturday by Martin Garcia, Drill had an ideal trip in the Grade 3 Barrera, run over seven furlongs. Garcia saved ground by keeping Drill in third on the backstretch, tracking pacesetter American Act, who set early fractions of 23.52 and 46.92 seconds.

Turning into the stretch, Garcia brought Drill between American Act and Gun Boat to move closer to the lead. Drill caught American Act in the final sixteenth and won by a half-length, in 1:22.88.

“We wanted to let him break and be comfortable,” Garcia said. “He put himself in a good position. When they turned for home, it opened up and I got through.”

American Act finished a half-length in front of Gun Boat. Boompa was last of the four runners.

Drill races for trainer Bob Baffert, who also trains Gun Boat. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman, Drill has earned $419,710. Last year, he won the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity. Earlier this year, he won the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes, beating American Act by a nose.

Both of those wins were over seven furlongs.