10/05/2011 4:27PM

Santa Anita: Baffert still weighing Cup start for Coil

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Barbara D. Livingston
Coil is still being considered for the Breeders' Cup Dirt mile.

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.”

Delgadillo gets days

Jockey Agapito Delgadillo, winless with eight mounts on the first three days of the Santa Anita autumn meeting, has been suspended three days for causing interference in the seventh race on Sept. 30.

Delgadillo was cited for his ride on Coal Region Kid, who was disqualified from first and placed second after forcing out runner-up Star Dance MD in the stretch. The two finished a nose apart in the $12,500 claimer over six furlongs.

Delgadillo’s suspension runs from Friday through Sunday.

All photographers welcome

Santa Anita is hosting a day for photographers, both amateur and professional, on Friday, providing closer access to racing.

Photography Day includes an opportunity to shoot morning workouts from 7:30 to 10 a.m., breakfast, and a question-and-answer session with track photographers, trainers and management. In the afternoon, participants will be granted access to the paddock and winner’s circle. Some photos from participants will be displayed at a later time on the track’s website, santaanita.com.

The event costs $20, which includes admission, parking and breakfast. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Clocker’s Corner.