03/21/2012 3:14PM

Santa Anita: Drill will stretch out for Keeneland's Blue Grass

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Drill (3), whose best races have come going one turn, will try to negotiate 1 1/8 miles on Polytrack in next month's Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Drill, the winner of two graded stakes for sprinters but winless in four races around two turns, is bound for the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland on April 14, trainer Bob Baffert said on Wednesday.

The winner of the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes over seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Feb. 19, Drill will start in the longest race of his career in the Grade 1 Blue Grass, which is run over 1 1/8 miles and is a key prep for the Kentucky Derby on May 5.

In four starts at 1 1/16 miles, Drill’s best finish was a second to Creative Cause in the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes here last October. Drill has not started over that distance since finishing ninth in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park last December.

Baffert said he would like to try Drill on Keeneland’s Polytrack synthetic surface. Last September, Drill won the biggest race of his career in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity over a Polytrack surface.

Wednesday at Santa Anita, Drill officially worked six furlongs in 1:13, although Baffert said he timed the colt in 1:37 for a mile.

“After watching his work, I’m thinking Blue Grass with him,” Baffert said. “He runs well on synthetic. He worked a mile today pretty easy.”

METS More than 1 year ago
The Bluegrass a prep for the Ky Derby. Please. I don't think so.
mace More than 1 year ago
Now Drill can drill the 1st 4 furlongs of the Bluegrass and help produce an unscrutable result in the Bluegrass causing more colts to get into the All Other 3YO's number 24 pool of the future Wager.Subsequently one of the all others in wager 1,2 or 3 comes in 1st or second in the Kentucky Derby.The white haired witchdoctor schools all the oldtimers that up to now are glad that 8 colts that raced in the Breeders cup juvenile are still very alive on the derby trail, and 6 of the 8 have been listed in the future wager pool 1 and 2.
Junior Jimenez More than 1 year ago
Bob don't care about his horses. He knows that Drill has no shot to win, but he will throw him in the race anyways. Bob has said over and over he is a sprinter. Just look at his wins!!!! Hope Drill don't get injured. But why would Bob care about that
KeenelandCapper More than 1 year ago
sweet..another horse to take money in bluegrass and have zero shot of winning!!! thanks bob!
CWineke More than 1 year ago
Agree...so if he would hit the board, I'm sure Bob will take him to the KD...because he can! Strength in numbers even when they don't belong !