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Del Mar: Kettle Corn, Paynter could get rematch in Pacific Classic
DEL MAR, Calif. – Kettle Corn and Paynter, the first two finishers of Saturday’s Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar, might have a rematch in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 25.
Trainer John Sadler said the Pacific Classic is the primary goal for Kettle Corn. Trainer Bob Baffert said Paynter also will be considered for the $750,000 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 31.
“It will either be the Pacific Classic or the Woodward,” Baffert said.
Kettle Corn closed from last in a field of six to finish a half-length in front of Paynter in the San Diego Handicap, run over 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack synthetic surface. The San Diego was the most prestigious win for Kettle Corn, a 6-year-old who races for Lee and Susan Searing.
“He likes synthetic, and he likes this track,” Sadler said Sunday. “He got some pace in front of him, and he got some breaks.”
Kettle Corn has won 8 of 24 starts and $653,111. The San Diego was his first stakes win since the Grade 3 Native Diver Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park in December 2011.
Kettle Corn’s win spoiled the 2013 stakes debut of Paynter, who won the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational in 2012 and later survived severe bouts with laminitis and colic. Paynter resumed training last winter and won his comeback race, an allowance at Hollywood Park in June.
On Sunday, Baffert questioned whether Paynter handled the surface.
“He ran great,” Baffert said. “He couldn’t untrack himself. He needed the race.”
Batti Man, who finished third in the San Diego, will not start in the Pacific Classic, trainer Dan Hendricks said. A 5-year-old Argentine-bred, Batti Man will be considered for the $200,000 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs on Aug. 18.
Batti Man, sent off at 34-1, set the pace in the San Diego and was beaten 1 1/4 lengths by Kettle Corn.
“It was probably the best race he’s ever run,” Hendricks said. “He fought them to the finish.”
Baffert has the leading contender for the Pacific Classic in Game On Dude, who won the Hollywood Gold Cup on July 6 for his fifth consecutive win and his fourth win of 2013.
On Sunday, Baffert said on his Twitter feed that Joel Rosario has been booked to ride Game On Dude in the Pacific Classic. Mike Smith, who has ridden Game On Dude during his current winning streak, is booked to ride Royal Delta in the $600,000 Personal Ensign at Saratoga the same day.
Paynter to Woodward. Dullahan again in PC. With Talamo I hope.
Paynter is going to connect on one of these next races. Make sure you don't miss it.
Raffy/agent could of picked Kettle Corn, then Bob has to go with Joe Steiner, assure you Paynter will not go 3/5 PC, worst underlay I have ever seen in 66 years !
Seems that Poly, Synthetic, and what ever else is out there is the crucible for a horses ability. A well trained athlete can run on crushed glass.
Congrats to Dan Hendricks on Batti Man's race. A fine trainer and gentleman who does not rush his charges.
I hope Garrett Gomez Rides Paynter in the Pacific!
Does anyone know why Gary Stevens is not riding any Baffert Horses these days? From what I remember, Gary rode many winners for him in the past.
Easy choice for Mike. Bob gives Mike nothing to ride besides GOD. He took him off both Paynter, and Executiveprivilege. Plus, Besilu Stables owns a ton of good horses, and Mike has gotten the mounts on them. Like Chad Brown taking the best money rider off a horse in a grade 1 race on Saturday, only to see Joel put down a crap ride and lose by a head.
No brainer royal delta far superior in her field then game on is in his. Two time ladies classic winner. I would go with her hands down. If Rosario loses on game he can get mount back. Dullahan will be tough and if paynter is entered both horses have early speed. Don't see paynter running should wait for awesome again stakes at Santa anita in early October.
no chance paynter runs again at del mar. he is a dirt horse.
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