10/02/2011 3:57PM

Santa Anita: Coil will bypass Breeders' Cup to await Strub

Barbara Livingston
Trainer Bob Baffert said he does not want the 3-year-old Coil to take on older horses in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

ARCADIA, Calif.- Coil, the winner of the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational and the third-place finisher in Saturday’s Grade 1 Goodwood Stakes against older horses at Santa Anita, will not start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.

Trainer Bob Baffert said on Sunday that he plans to rest Coil this fall and prepare him for stakes at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting.

“He’s not at that level yet, to take on older horses,” Baffert said of the BC Classic. “I think next year he’ll be able to.

“He could go to the Breeders’ Cup, but I think he’ll get better. I want to save him for the Strub series and next year.”

The Strub series for 4-year-olds of 2012 comprises three races during the winter-spring meeting  -  the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes over seven furlongs on Dec. 26, the Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes over 1 1/16 miles in January and the Grade 2 Strub Stakes over 1 1/8 miles in February.

In the Goodwood, Coil was the 2-1 second choice behind race winner, and stablemate Game On Dude. Ridden by Martin Garcia, Coil was third for the first six furlongs, was as close as second in the stretch, and was beaten two lengths by Game On Dude.

Owned by a partnership, Coil has won 5 of 8 starts and $782,560.