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Baffert Drills Competition in Del Mar Futurity

Drill and Martin Garcia(#6) win the Del Mar Futurity(GI) "Win and You're in" Breeders' Cup Classic Division at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, CA. Majestic City(#4) was disqualified from 2nd place to 3rd after interfering with Creative Cause(#8). September 07, 2011

Providing trainer Bob Baffert with an amazing tenth victory in the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity, lightly-raced but talented Drill survived a bumping skirmish in the final strides to win Del Mar’s traditional Grade I closing-day headliner for two-year-olds Wednesday. 

Drill, ridden by Martin Garcia, was knocked sideways in the final strides when Majestic City bore out sharply,  forcing 4-5 favored Creative Cause out into the eventual winner, who reached the wire a neck in front.

Majestic City, piloted by David Flores, was second at the end, three-quarters of a length in front of Creative Cause and Rafael Bejarano. Gun Boat, another Baffert-trained entrant, was fourth after setting the early pace.

Del Mar’s board of stewards immediately posted the inquiry sign and after viewing videotape of the stretch run disqualified Majestic City and placed him third, elevating Creative Cause into the runner-up position.

Drill, a son of Lawyer Ron, stepped the seven furlongs in 1:22.16 and returned $10.40, $5.20 and $3.40 after scoring his second win in just three starts, all this summer at Del Mar. He broke his maiden in his second try, August 13 after finishing eighth in his career debut July 30.

First money of $150,000 increased the colt’s earnings to $188,150. He is owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitmen, the same ownership combine that won the Futurity two years ago with Lookin at Lucky who went on to Eclipse Awards as a two-year-old and a three-year-old.

Creative Cause returned $2.60 and $2.10, while Majestic City paid $2.60 to show. In the first of two supporting features on closing day, 3-2 favored Rumor, ridden by Garrett Gomez, nosed out Salty Sarah after a prolonged stretch drive in the $95,130  C.E.R.F. Stakes for older fillies and mares at six furlongs.

Rumor, owned by Bass, Claiborne Farm and Dilschneider and trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, ran the six furlongs in 1:09.45 and returned $5 after her third win in six starts. Givine was third in the field of seven.

The season’s first deadheat occurred in the $104,375 Pirate’s Bounty Stakes as 33-1 longshot Sterling Outlook and 7-2 Mensa Heat hit the wire in a tie.

Alonso Quinonez was aboard Sterling Outlook, with Joe Talamo up on Mensa Heat. Third in the six furlong sprint was Ain’t No Other.

Time for the distance was a quick 1:08.84

Sterling Outlook returned $29.20 to win, while Mensa Heat paid $5.40 to his supporters.

 With a Pick Six pool of $664,005 on the final day of the 37-day season, there were four perfect tickets and each paid $88,679.40.



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All questions left by the sloppy running of the race, will probably be answered soon. If not in each horses next race, then in the Breeders' Cup (God willing all stay healthy). If Majestic City struggles around two turns though, he'll probably end up in the new BC Juvenile Sprint, along with the other Baffert runner (Gun Boat). Can't see Drill, Creative Cause, or Basmati not at least be effective going 8.5 furlongs.
There is a doubt, because it was not a clean race. Not Drill's fault, but still, tarnished. It l remains to be seen who would win in a non-controversial race.
That hand ride is a literal interpretation. Garcia's whip hits the ground near the 1/16th pole. Not sure he could have done any better wth it.
Drill won under a hand ride and took a wicked hard bump nearing the wire. HAND RIDE. There is absolutely no doubt who was best.
I am not saying that CC is not better than what he showed, because i too thought he would win. But Drill was absolutely resolute in that race and was holding off CC while running down MC. No denying though it was a very screwed up stretch run.
I agree with Mary.. CC had a big chance.. he was coming up FAST but there is no way to tell.. glad all came out ok.. other that JC in the hopeful stakes
DeadHeat, I do have bias here, because I really thought Creative Cause would win, based on what I saw in his first two starts. I guess we will never know how badly the major interference of Majestic City affected the outcome of the Futurity. You cannot say there was absolutely no chance of CC winning. If you watch the head-on view at calracing or whichever site you chose, you will also notice, just after the start, that the 5, Basmati(the blaze face) comes way over, taking CC out wide with him. I'm not so skilled at writing, so I would describe the race as just total crap. And no, it was not Drill's fault, but it didn't help that in a chain-reaction way, Majestic City and Drill nearly knocked heads straight in front of Creative Cause. Look at the photo right here announcing this thread. I title it, "What's Wrong with this Picture?" What's wrong is Rafael Bejarano having to stand up in the stirrups so he and Creative Cause are not injured/killed in a three-horse spill. f. majestic City. He was going to be slowing way down at the end of this race anyway and no amount of left-handed whapping was going to get his be-hind across that finish line ahead of Creative Cause in a legal way.
A game run by all three but Drill did get bumped hard as well..looking forward to see how they develop on two turns.
CC was not going to get past Drill even with no interference. It may have been closer, but he would not have gotten by. If you watch the replay from behind you will see Drill took a pretty good hit too. When CC was pushed into him CC nearly took Drill's back end out from under him and he still kept running.
Baffert...your the man 10 win's in the Del Mar Futurity... go... Drill and... RamonDimas...Creative Cause.was not goin 2 win!!! sorry!!!!
CREATIVE CAUSE is the best!!
CREATIVE CAUSE should it have won but MAJESTIC CITY got in his way but anyways i hope that DRILL goes to the juvenile so CREATIVE CAUSE could show him that he can beat him!!

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