Coil edged Capital Account by a head in a finish decided by a photo. Amazombie, last year’s champion sprinter, was fourth as the 4-5 favorite ridden by Mike Smith. Coil covered six furlongs in 1:09.89 under Martin Garcia.
“It’s a great opportunity to get this horse back and I did my job,” said Garcia, who had ridden Coil in five straight races before being replaced by Rafael Bejarano in the 4-year-old colt’s previous two.
The result was a reversal of the Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 26, when Capital Account beat Coil by a half-length.
“It was very close at the end, but I knew it would have taken a couple more jumps to beat the winner,” David Flores said. “I have to give great credit to my horse because when I asked him to go he was responding. Maybe next time I’ll have to go a little bit earlier.”
Amazombie was being prepared to defend his title in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint next month at Santa Anita.
“At the top of the lane I could tell he was starting to get a little bit tired,” Smith said. “He kicked on good until the eighth pole and then got really tired at that point. “You’d certainly like to win, but with these types of horses, you’re talking about the first two finishers probably being one of the favorites going to the Breeders’ Cup. The important thing was to get a good race in him and move forward.”
Trainer Richard Mandella said he’s considering either the BC Sprint or BC Dirt Mile or the $100,000 Damascus on the Breeders’ Cup undercard for third-place finisher Jimmy Creed.
Coil, winner of last year’s $1 million Haskell Invitational, earned an automatic berth in the Sprint on Nov. 3, with his entry fees being paid as part of the “Win and You’re In” program.