The 2011 Haskell Invitational (G1) winner returned from a nearly nine-month layoff to win an allowance race at Del Mar in July before finishing second to stablemate Capital Account in the seven-furlong Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2) on August 26. Bred by Glen Hill Farm, Coil won the 2011 Haskell with a stirring last-to-first move, edging that year’s Preakness Stakes (G1) hero Shackleford by a neck in what was his first start over a dirt track. That win made the chestnut colt the third Grade I winner by champion and sire Point Given. Following a tenth place run in last year’s Travers Stakes (G1) and third place finish behind older horses in the Goodwood Stakes (G1) that October, Coil was given a lengthy rest before returning to the races this summer. Florida-bred Coil was purchased privately by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman. His dam is the hard-knocking mare Eversmile, a half sister to 1995 champion turf female Possibly Perfect.