06/16/2012 12:19PM

Hollywood Park: Paynter, Bodemeister headed east

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Bodemeister and Paynter, who between them finished second in all three legs of the 2012 Triple Crown for Zayat Stables and trainer Bob Baffert, will have an Eastern-based campaign later this summer, Baffert said on Saturday.
The tentative plan is for Bodemeister, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes to I’ll Have Another, to make his next start in the $1 million Haskell Invitational over 1 1/8 miles at Monmouth Park on July 29.
Paynter, second to Union Rags in the Belmont Stakes on June 9, is likely to race twice at Saratoga – in the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on July 28 and the $1 million Travers Stakes over 1 1/4 miles on Aug. 25.
Trainer Michael Matz said after the Belmont that Union Rags will be pointed for the Travers, with an expected prep race in the Haskell or Jim Dandy.
Baffert emphasized that the schedule could change for his 3-year-olds.
“That’s the plan today,” he said. “We’ll split them up.”

Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Union Rags and Paynter rematch it should be a good one.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Anybody feel Bodemeister can be an awesome Miler. Like a Shakelford. Could see this colt running in the Met Mile this year. Would be surprised if he ran in the Travers. Paynter Attigun and Rags rematch with Paynter taking it next time.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
running in the Met Mile next year sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i agree with u about Bode... I think he can beat any horse up to 1 1/8 miles but not the 1 1/4.. He will probably win the Haskell but not the Travers... I dont blame the connections for trying to get him in the classic races beacause if he were to win, he would increase his stud value but i also think he would be a monster miler...
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Bodemiester in the BC Dirt Mile.
D'Funnybone More than 1 year ago
Union Rags? He won the Belmont by default. NO ONE wanted any part of the 1 1/2 mile distance, evidenced by the PAINFULLY slow time of 2:30 on a track that was playing fast that day. Baffert is holding the best hand by far with either Bodemeister or Paynter running against this group of underachieving(at this juncture, sans I'll Have Another) 3yo's. Union Rags has not progressed at all at age 3 from his 2 yo campaign, and the rest of this lot is not very good.Maybe as this group matures, we'll see some quality evolve, but as of right now, this 3yo crop leaves a lot to be desired.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope we get Union Rags vs Bodemeister in the Haskell but Matz knows he can't UR can't beat Bode so he will avoid Bode at all costs. Bodemeister will destroy every horse he faces for the rest of the year including older horses in the Classic on his way to Horse of the Year. Jsut look at the list of "top beyers over a mile". And Bode's just getting started.
Tom Borgia More than 1 year ago
sorry i did forget 1 detail , valasques, suppose to be out at least 2 months , but im sure they will put a very good jockey on rags for the jim dandy or haskell, maybe ramon dominguez, good luck , to whoever bets against him.
Tom Borgia More than 1 year ago
some of u people have no clue , for the person who thinks bode an paynter r the best horses in the country , how many times have they raced ,?, u tell me, i ll give u a for instance , citation 1948 ,16 race win streak ,29 starts 27 wins ,retired, 45 starts 32 wins ,now they run 4races an there the best in the country ,r u kidding me ?id go further with these horses, it would take too long ,sir barton 1919,gallant fox 1930,omaha1935,war admiral 1937,whirlaway 1941, count fleet 1943 ,assult 1946 ,i d mention the other 3 ,but since ur so good u should know who was after citation!!! get my drift , an if rags ran so slow whats that say about paynter ,a slow pace should have enough left to win race , who finished faster i beleive it was rags , or i guess he couldnt have won , try looking up the past performances of all those horses i mentioned u will be amazed , union rags wins his next race ,take it to the bank!!!!!!!!!!
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Union Rags can't hold a candle to the legendary Triple Crown Greats from another age. Maybe he wins the Travers or Jim Dandy. Don't feel he can run with a more mature Bodemeister, and Paynter 2nd half. Either a new 3 year old Jumps up or its the California Duo of Baffert to dominate the 3 yo races, I'll even take Take Charge Indy when he comes back in the fall, to Beat Rags. Its too bad IHA got injured after watching he Belmont in person, IHA wouldve won going away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You guys are all getting way ahead of yourselves. Even to think about any of these three-year-olds (none of whom are world-beaters) as being good enough to win the BC Classic is pure folly. Baffert will have the last laugh at the BC. Either Game on Dude or Richard's Kid will win the BC Classic, and the other one will probably be second if they both run.
Sean Ali More than 1 year ago
I guess it will all depend on who makes it that far, won't it?
Sean Ali More than 1 year ago
If I remember correctly, Union Rags' slow Belmont time has compared quite a few times with Drosselmeyer's 'pathetic' Belmont time. Yet the later came back to beat Game On Dude in the BC Classic. Again, like Zito always says, 'that's why they run the race!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He won it as a 4yo not as a 3yo. Bid difference. I guess your saying UR could win next year's Classic.
Sean Ali More than 1 year ago
I'm saying Rags is 'live' against any horse regardless of age that runs 1 1/4 miles in 2:04. ...and that was Drosselmeyer's winning time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like Game On Dude and Richard's kid too. Don't forget Bodemeister and Ron The Greek. They both like Santa Anita.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Acclimation Ron The Greek and Paynter.
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
I'll take the field and/or (D) all others in the summer & breeders cup classic...... continue the trend no favoritos at least.......what an overlay in foster, ron'greek
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
Like Union Rags or not - recognize the running of that Belmont was painfully slow. 2:30 and change. Compare to other races run the same day and that Beyer figure looks generous. Personally, I feel like he has not improved at all from age 2 - 3. Plus he always gets bet - meaning whatever horse beats him next will be value. I don't see him as speed or a closer - he's versatile and a bit of a grinder.
Ronnie Malo Rodriguez More than 1 year ago
Eric you hit it on the head. A grinder similar to Creative Cause. Not an abundance of early speed, and not a flashy turn of foot. Even at a slow pace, took him almost the whole 1 1/2 to beat a horse who was eliglible for an Alw Nx2.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Again everyone goes on and on about UNION RAGS having no speed while before the belmont they said all he had was speed. So again i feel it necessary to repeat that he wired trinniberg at 6 1/2 furlongs at saratoga. He galloped around belmont behind paynter until he found room to run on the rail. UNION RAGS is fast. You can't judge him by his beyer numbers this year because they are inaccurate. Beyers can give false info. They are best used as a guide. They're not scripture. Whether UNION RAGS runs in the haskell or jim dandy next i think we'll see a similiar race like creative cause gave bode in cali. stalk and run right by.... paynter or bode.... time will tell once again.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
i'm more concerned about john v getting better.... another rider change is just not looking good.... get well soon johnny v.
MaryAnn Donahue More than 1 year ago
Couldn't agree more. Johnny V. is a great match with UR and I hope he gets to ride him again. He'll have to heal quickly to be ready for Saratoga. As much as I want him back on UR, I hope he takes the time for a total recovery. Wishing JV all the very best.
Richard Manny More than 1 year ago
Spot on with the UR response. We haven't seen the best of UR yet, like I said earler, his next 3 races ought to make believers out of the masses concerning a true champion.