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Coil Poised to Strike in Swaps

Coil, with Martin Garcia aboard, wins the 2011 Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood.
Baffert will be aiming for a record fifth victory in the Swaps when he saddles probable favorite Coil.

Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, the son of Point Given and the Theatrical mare Eversmile was successful by one length in his two turn debut in the Grade III Affirmed Handicap June 11.

The win was the third in four starts for the Florida bred and he’s earned $118,560. The wins have come since he was purchased privately last fall.

Baffert’s latest Swaps victory was with Misremembered in 2009. He’s also won with During (2003), Congaree (2001) and Captain Steve (2000).

Uncle Sam gives Baffert two shots at the top prize in the Swaps. Owned by Kaleem Shah, Inc., the Tapit ridgling out of the Pleasant Colony mare On the Town has won two of five, earning $89,340.

The gray returns to California after finishing eighth of nine as the 8-5 favorite in the Lone Star  Derby on turf May 30. Uncle Sam was second in the Alydar Stakes May 8 behind stablemate Awesome Patriot in his lone start over Cushion Track.

Runflatout, second in the Affirmed, has a win in four races for West Point Thoroughbreds and Sadler. The Flatter colt out of the Grand Slam mare Slammin’ Lil has earned $72,400.

Boxeur des Rues returns to a synthetic surface after a narrow grass win May 30. The son of Smart Strike and the Caerleon mare Marseille Express has won two of five, earning $39,682. He is 1-for-4 since coming to the United States for owner J. Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O’Neill.

The California bred Spud Spivens had a two race win streak snapped when he finished third in the Affirmed. A gelded son of Tizbud and the Cutlass Reality mare Oceans Reality, Spud Spivens has won two of 11 and earned $111,600. He is owned by a partnership that includes trainer Henry Moreno.

A double winner of the Swaps – Forceten (1975) and Prized (1989) – Drysdale’s representative in 2011 is Dreamy Kid. Owned by breeder Robert S. Evans, the son of Lemon Drop Kid and the Silver Hawk mare Dreams has won once in five starts and earned $48,880.

From inside out, the field for the Swaps Stakes: Runflatout, Garrett Gomez rides, 112 pounds; Spud Spivens, Alonso Quinonez, 114; Coil, Martin Garcia, 118; Uncle Sam, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Dreamy Kid, Joe Talamo, 114 and Boxeur des Rues, Joel Rosario, 114.




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