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Del Mar: Baffert works big guns Midnight Lucky, Paynter
By Jay Privman
DEL MAR, Calif. – Led by Midnight Lucky and Paynter, trainer Bob Baffert worked a number of his stable stars at Del Mar on Monday morning for potential starts both here and on the East Coast.
Midnight Lucky, winner of the Acorn Stakes at Belmont on May 27, went five furlongs on Polytrack in 59.40 seconds in preparation for the Grade 1, $300,000 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga on July 27.
“She went nice,” Baffert said of Midnight Lucky, who is by Midnight Lute. “She likes anything, like her sire.”
Paynter, who came off a lengthy layoff to score a dazzling comeback win at Betfair Hollywood Park last month, worked in company with Liaison. They were credited with a five-furlong move, Paynter officially in 1:00.20, Liaison in 1:00.60, but Liaison started off two lengths in front of Paynter, they were even at the wire, and Liaison galloped out the stronger of the two around the clubhouse turn.
“Liaison worked nice,” Baffert said.
Liaison was second in the Californian at Hollywood Park on June 1 in his most recent start.
Paynter was not impressive when working on Polytrack at Del Mar last summer prior to the Haskell, and won the Haskell, which was on dirt, by 3 3/4 lengths. Baffert said he is considering the Grade 2, $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on July 27 for both Liaison and Paynter, but said he could send one to Monmouth Park for the Grade 2, $200,000 Monmouth Cup on the Haskell Invitational undercard on July 28. Both the San Diego and Monmouth Cup are at 1 1/16 miles.
Baffert also worked Code West five furlongs in 1:00 as he readies for his next start, which could come here or on the East Coast, depending, Baffert said, “on how he does on this surface.”
Code West won the Matt Winn at Churchill Downs in his most recent start, June 15. He and Power Broker are both owned by Gary and Mary West, and both are under consideration for races like the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 27, the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell, and the Grade 2, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer on Aug. 3.
BOBBY - DON'T send Paynter to Monmouth!!!!! almost killed the poor guy last time....it's that Rotten Jersey air :)
Horse Cents! I am crushed BUT, I will soldier on unabated. I'll even invite you to the winner's circle (when the time comes) despite your rejection. However, I won't force you to ask Baffert for an autograph! Break a leg with your homebreds, will ya?! :-)
Meydan Rocks. Never, absolutely not. I would never send any of my horses to Baffert. I would never partner with you because you would want to. I already am an owner and breeder. Wish you the best on your dream of doing what I and many others do. Anybody would know it takes more than any trainer to be lucky enough to have a millionaire in the barn.
Horse Cents. You and I should consider teaming up someday to buy a horse and send him to Baffert... so long as he follows Game On Dude's path to $5 million plus and counting. Are you with me pal? :-)
So much made over a few comments from Baffert. Basically I think Paynter will run at Monmouth. Liason on Del Mar. Dude will stay home and await his competition smartly. Then Midnight Lucky wins Test. Paynter stays east at Terranova barn for Woodward. Its not rocket science its smart common sense handling...and a little b.s. from Baffert to keep folks guessing. Hope Paynter handles the ship n run stresses.
Would have loved to see Game on Dude ship to the Spa!
Bobby B's loaded again with a bunch of stake horses
So Midnight Lucky is definitely headed to the east coast and Saratoga. Paynter or Liaison is likely to head to the east coast. Code West and Power Broker are likely to head east as well. But, Game On Dude, nahh, "that's a tough ship" says Baffert.
Midnight Lucky ..............................MONSTER ! Unfortunatly I got the worst ride of the year when I bet her against Dreaming of Julia and the others, 22.2 45.2 109.1 going 1 1/8th aint going to cash many tickets . THEN, she rates and "cha ching , meet me in the cashiers line "..............................
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