06/16/2012 1:19PM

Hollywood Park: Paynter, Bodemeister headed east


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.”