Okay, so on Haskell day Bob Baffert was all depressed and sadface because this two-year-old whose debut he’d been all giddy and excited over did not go well. In fact, it went godawful. The horse ran like a claimer and finished eighth. Of course, Coil then won the Haskell looking like Point Given, and so the two-year-old was more or less forgotten.

Fast forward to August 13th, and Drill quietly wins his second start, shooting clear at the three-sixteenths and just holding on for the win. Baffert must have seen something he liked in the performance, despite the quickly-vanishing nature of Drill’s winning margin, because he entered him in the grade one Del Mar Futurity this evening.

With baby Thoroughbreds weaving wildly across the track, slamming into each other with the full force of their massive and still-growing bodies, here was Drill. Carrying the now extremely familiar red and gold silks borne by Lookin at Lucky and Coil, he sat off the pace this time and swung out wide into the stretch for Martin Garcia. And then, with five two-year-olds stretched across the track, it was only a matter of who could kick hardest. In the end, while favourites Creative Cause and Majestic City wrestled just to his inside, the son of Lawyer Ron and a member of his only crop made the lunge that counted.

And stopped the clock in track record time.

That’s right. Faster than The Factor.

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