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Coil Arrives at Saratoga

Mike Pegram’s Coil, expected to be a principal player in the Grade 1, $1 million Travers, arrived at Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s barn at Saratoga Race Course Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m.


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 chestnut-colored winner of the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday was joined on the van ride from Monmouth Park by Kaleem Shah’s Irrefutable, beaten favorite in the Teddy Drone Stakes on Sunday at Monmouth.


“He looks good to me,” said trainer John Terranova, husband of Baffert’s New York assistant, Tonja Terranova.


Coil begins his preparations for the August 27 “Midsummer Derby” as one of the rising stars in the 3-year-old division. In the Haskell, he changed his tactics from pace-presser to late closer and put away Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford in the late stages to win by a neck.


The son of Point Given 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 impressive allowance winning filly American Lady, who he trains for Shah, is scheduled to arrive Thursday for Saturday’s Grade 1, $250,000 Test, a seven-furlong fixture for 3-year-old fillies. So far, there are no concrete plans for the trainer’s blazing 3-year-old The Factor, who remains a possibility for the Grade 1, $250,000 Foxwoods Kings Bishop, a seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds on Travers Day.


Baffert is expected sometime this weekend for the races and then the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale on Aug. 8-9.



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