Baffert Drills Del Mar Futurity

Drill continued Bob Baffert’s affinity with the G1 Del Mar Futurity on Wednesday.  The Hall Of Fame trainer has captured the Futurity 10 times since 1995 and he’s confident Drill can emulate 2009 winner Lookin At Lucky.

Drill (2c Lawyer Ron – Cat Dancer by Storm Cat) is owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman.  The trio also raced Lookin At Lucky who has just started covering his first southern book at Coolmore Stud.

After the Futurity, Lookin At Lucky won the G2 Norfolk Stakes and G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Drill will also follow that path.

Drill was purchased at 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale for $300,000.  “These guys are lucky, but they’re lucky because they leave me alone,” Baffert said.  “I just text to tell them they’ve just bought another horse.”

Drill is not yet nominated to the Breeders’ Cup and a $100,000 late entry fee must be lodged by October 24 to make him eligible.

He is from the first of just two crops by former Stonewall Farm sire Lawyer Ron (Langfuhr).  A G1 winner of the Woodward Stakes and Whitney Stakes at Saratoga, he died in July 2009 after colic surgery.

Drill’s dam Cat Dancer is a sister to G2 2002 Monmouth Oaks winner Magic Storm.

Baffert’s superb sprinter The Factor provided the highlight of Del Mar’s summer meet with a G1 victory in the Pat O’Brien Stakes on August 28.

The Factor (War Front) sizzled over 1400m in 1.21.56s to give Baffert a hat-trick of victories in the feature sprint.  He will also head to Churchill Downs in November for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint or Dirt Mile.

Stablemate Midnight Interlude (War Chant) went within a whisker of landing the G2 Del Mar Derby on September 4.  He was beaten in a head-bobber by east coast visitor Banned (Kitten’s Joy).

The first two home are likely to clash again in the G2 Oak Tree Derby at Santa Anita on October 15.