01/05/2013 8:33PM

Santa Anita: Coil closes career as courageous winner of San Pasqual

Benoit & Associates
Coil (left), under Martin Garcia, and Ultimate Eagle, ridden by Martin Pedroza, race on nearly even terms throughout the stretch of the San Pasqual before Coil wins by a head.

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.



Gerardo Helguera More than 1 year ago
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.
John More than 1 year ago
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 !
Jeffrey Mathews More than 1 year ago
completely agree the integrity of the game should always supercede public placing bet on a runner w/same chronic problem
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
Don't bet on him
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
Very simple. Don't bet on him.
Frank Kulcsar More than 1 year ago
G-1 winners win $150,000 races--The Haskill was for a million--big drop in class
mikey More than 1 year ago
Happy to see him go out a winner with a real fight.Wish he could hang around for a while.
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Rachel Harding More than 1 year ago
the horse has grit and today proved it. that horse always tried in his races, he was game horse. he goes out a winner
Jorge More than 1 year ago
Lot's of horses have issues just like the jockeys and athletes in general. Your post is very ignorant and misinformed.
Biggar W More than 1 year ago
Do you think it might be possible for a horse to have issues that cause them to not to be able to run at 100 percent, but not be an issue that endangers them? Or is it easier to just bash Baffert.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
A comical remark. You don't think ultimate eagle has issues with his layoffs. Baffert to his credit tells the truth
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Atta Boy COIL. Love when a tough horse goes out in the winners circle.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
Coil cannot read
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Atta boy Vince...feel better now
Larry Goren More than 1 year ago
seems like a odd race to retire off of. a prep race for a prep race for the Big 'Cap ?
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Nice match race in the stretch. Congrats to Coil and his connections! Way to go for retirement, Coil!
Marc Ferrell More than 1 year ago
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.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Ultimate Eagle is a good horse, but his last 3 races appear to be proof that he is far from being the superstar that his connections and some of his followers have touted him to be. He got a fairly soft lead in the San Pasqual; Coil simply beat him on the square, and is the better horse. This race doesn't really bolster the Cali handicap division given the winner is now off to stud, the runner-up has been exposed somewhat, and the rest of the field was well beaten. If it is true that Nonios has been sidelined, the Cali handicap division is back to being Game on Dude and not much else. The situation is ripe for shippers... hint...
Marc Ferrell More than 1 year ago
I got it Jordan. Was surprised about Nonios, he was a solid horse.