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Drill, Creative Cause Headline Norfolk

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

Drill, an early favorite for the 2012 Kentucky Derby, drew post position five in a field of six for Saturday’s Norfolk Stakes. Bob Baffert says the Del Mar Futurity winner is doing well for his first race around two turns.


“He’s been working good,” said the Hall of Fame trainer, who has a record five Norfolk wins on his resume. Drill is two for two after finishing eighth following a slow start in his debut on July 30 at Del Mar.


“He didn’t have blinkers on and that might have been the reason,” Baffert said. “We had to school him a lot about five days before that race and he didn’t break that day. He was back there and he never got into it. He was just flat.”


The field for the Norfolk, which is the fifth race: Super Candy, Hector Berrios; Loukas, Patrick Valenzuela; Ruler of Dubai, Mike Smith; Creative Cause, Joel Rosario; Drill, Martin Garcia; and Basmati, Joe Talamo. Each carries 122 pounds.


Sheer Talent, sixth in the Del Mar Futurity after winning his maiden race, was nominated to the Norfolk but is sidelined with “a lingering cough and a slight temperature,” trainer Dan Hendricks said. “We had to back off on him.”


Best Pal winner Creative Cause worked four furlongs at Hollywood Park Wednesday in 48.80 for trainer Mike Harrington.

 

 

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