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Updated on 06/20/2013 9:47AM
Hollywood Park: Triple Bend comes too soon for Paynter
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that Paynter had not started on a synthetic track. He raced on a synthetic track when winning an allowance race at Betfair Hollywood Park on June 14.
Paynter, who was severely ill with colitis and laminitis last summer and fall and then returned to win his comeback in an allowance race at Hollywood Park on June 14, is not expected to start again at the current meeting.
Trainer Bob Baffert said Paynter will not run in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap over seven furlongs on June 29 because the race is only 15 days since the 4-year-old’s return to racing.
“It’s too soon,” Baffert said.
The winner of the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park last July before his illnesses, Paynter won a seven-furlong allowance at Hollywood Park by 4 1/2 lengths in 1:21.86, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 114.
Baffert said the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 is a long-term goal for Paynter, with a minimal campaign likely this summer and fall. Owned by Zayat Stables, Paynter has returned to racetrack training at Santa Anita.
“There are so many options,” Baffert said. “I’d like to see how he works after a big race like that. He will be nominated everywhere.”
One potential start at Del Mar is the $200,000 San Diego Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on the Polytrack main surface on July 27. Paynter is a winner of 4 of 7 starts and $949,424.
The Vanderbilt/Woodward would make for an interesting sequence.
The Del Mar surface is a NIGHTMARE ! Not only is it, :"polycrap" but, the moisture in the ocean air changes with the temp, and the track changes with the humidity...crazy as that sounds it true ! You will see many more closers than speed horse as the air get heavy ! The "polycrap" experiment is a gross failure, someone on the CHRB got rich forcing the tracks to change to this mess, its time to make Del Mar what it used to be, one of Americas premier DIRT TRACKS. Handicapping it now is a crap shoot !
of course 2 weeks isnt enough time.
Paynter is a Cinderella story for sure.
Gene. Please calm down. The hollywood track is closer to sand in texture. Del Mar has the real deal synthetic track.
Hope he stays safe and healthy. Can't wait to see him at Santa Anita.
If what Alexander says is true, del mar should start doing the same thing. PolyCrap has to go!
Look forward to Paynter's next start
it is a syndirtic track.
Andersen might not be as wrong as you sharp-eyed critics think. Hollywood is only nominally synthetic. So much dirt has been added, and so little interest exists in maintaining the original Cushion Track intact in this antiquated facility, that the track really is less synthetic and more dirt.
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