Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Coil ships to Saratoga

Haskell Invitational (G1) hero COIL (Point Given), expected to be a principal player in the $1 million Travers (G1) on August 27, arrived at Bob Baffert's barn at Saratoga Race Course on Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. (EDT).

With Baffert's groom, Salvador Rangel, overseeing the travel from Monmouth Park, Coil settled in easily for 20 minutes of walking before being set up in a stall shortly before 11 a.m. The Mike Pegram-owned was joined on the van ride from Monmouth Park by Irrefutable (Unbridled's Song), who finished sixth as the favorite in Sunday's Teddy Drone S.

"He looks good to me," said trainer John Terranova, husband of Baffert's New York assistant, Tonja Terranova.

Coil begins his preparations for the "Midsummer Derby" as one of the rising stars in the three-year-old division. In the Haskell, he changed his tactics from pace-presser to late closer and put away Preakness (G1) winner Shackleford (Forestry) in the late stages to win by a neck.

The chestnut will aim to duplicate his sire's feat by winning the Haskell and then the Travers.

"The Travers is a strong possibility if I like what I see these next couple of weeks," Baffert said on Monday. "That distance should not be a problem for him with his new running style."

Baffert's promising three-year-old filly American Lady (Stormy Atlantic), who exits an allowance romp at Hollywood Park on June 30, is scheduled to arrive Thursday for her stakes debut, Saturday's $250,000 Test (G1) at seven furlong.

The Hall of Fame trainer is also responsible for The Factor (War Front), who remains a possibility for the $250,000 Kings Bishop (G1), a seven-furlong race on Travers Day. The Factor could square off two-year-old champion Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) in that spot.

Baffert is expected at Saratoga sometime this weekend for the races and will attend the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale on August 8-9.

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