Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday that he planned
to enter a formidable duo of Awesome Patriot and Coil in the $100,000 Affirmed
Handicap Saturday. The Grade III stake is for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.
Awesome Patriot, wire-to-wire winner of the 1 1/8-mile
Alydar Stakes May 8, worked six furlongs in 1:12.80 here and will be ridden
back by Rafael Bejarano.
Coil, an impressive winner of a six-furlong optional claimer
May 6, will be ridden by Martin Garcia. “I decided to stay here with Coil,”
said Baffert of the colt he had considered for the Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park the same afternoon.
Baffert, who previously won the Affirmed with General
Challenge in 1999 and Point Determined in 2006, seeks to equal the record of
three wins held by Jay Robbins.
Other probable starters include Akkadian (Joe Talamo), Spud
Spivens (Alonzo Quinonez) and Runflatout.