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Santa Anita: Coil closes career as courageous winner of San Pasqual
By Jay Privman
ARCADIA, Calif. – Bob Baffert began the day at Santa Anita watching Paynter go to the track for the first time since his return to training, and ended it by watching Coil outduel Ultimate Eagle in a thrilling stretch drive to win his career finale in the Grade 2, $150,000 San Pasqual Stakes for older horses.
“One superstar leaves, another comes back,” Baffert said.
Coil is headed to stud this spring, but he was doing well enough to give the San Pasqual a try, and he and Ultimate Eagle turned in the race of the young meet. Ultimate Eagle led narrowly for the first part of the 1 1/16-mile race, with Coil tracking him throughout, and they raced together through the final furlong, with Coil prevailing by a head.
John Scott was another 6 1/4 lengths back in third and was followed, in order, by
Tres Borrachos, Bank the Eight, and Jaycito, who lugged out throughout – something he has done occasionally in the past -- and was eased.
Martin Garcia rode Coil, who was timed in 1:42.52 on the fast main track.
“He’s got a huge heart,” Baffert said of Coil, who retires with 7 wins from 14 starts. “I love the way he ran today. We knew we’d either gain 10 mares or lose 10 mares.”
Coil, by Point Given, is headed by Magali Farms in California. Baffert alluded to the horse having “some issues” as the reason to go to stud rather than compete throughout 2013.
“We’d have to run him sparingly,” said Baffert, who said the other motivation to send Coil to stud was co-owner Mike Pegram’s desire to see the California breeding program supported. Coil is a two-time Grade 1 winner, in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship last year, and in 2011 in the Haskell.
Paynter could take his place later this year, but the mere fact he is back in training after becoming seriously ill last summer delights Baffert.
“It was so stressful when he was sick,” Baffert said. “It was up and down.”
Ultimate Eagle could make his next start in the Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park, trainer Mike Pender said after the race.
The last two days speed wasn't holding at Santa Anita and Ultimate Eagle ran a good race in defeat hope to see him in the Donn should be a good race.
Jacito needs to be ruled off the track, he is a liability to the betting public. This is at least the 3rd time he has bolted during a race, including the Breeders Cup, and Baffert doesnt seem to have the answer ! Its not fair to the public and if the horse doesnt want to train and run, then turn him out and retire him ! Bolting every other race is unacceptable !
G-1 winners win $150,000 races--The Haskill was for a million--big drop in class
Happy to see him go out a winner with a real fight.Wish he could hang around for a while.
Atta Boy COIL. Love when a tough horse goes out in the winners circle.
seems like a odd race to retire off of. a prep race for a prep race for the Big 'Cap ?
Nice match race in the stretch. Congrats to Coil and his connections! Way to go for retirement, Coil!
Nice run by Coil. I am not an UE fan, after the Big Cap press conference last year when Pedroza and connections were cocky and said they thought this horse could have won the triple crown and if anyone tried to go with UE in the Big Cap they would run them into the ground. Well my 50-1 shot beat him. Now in this race Pedroza tried to run Coil wide on the first turn deliberately but cried like a baby in the Big Cap last year when other horses took aim at him. He can dish it out but cannot take it. Ultimate Eagle has never posted a beyer above 98 or sheet number below 0 (don't know what this race will give him), and doubt he can run much farther than 8.5 to 9 furlongs. He caught a soft field in the Strub and looked much better winning than the race numbers produced.
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