Updated on 06/20/2013 10:47AM

Hollywood Park: Triple Bend comes too soon for Paynter

Benoit & Associates
The Breeders' Cup Classic in November will be the long-range target 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.


EquinealTDN More than 1 year ago
The Vanderbilt/Woodward would make for an interesting sequence.
John More than 1 year ago
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 !
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
Totally agree with you. The synthetics are impossible to handicap (save maybe Hollywood which will be gone next year) and I've stopped betting races run over it. Del Mar, Keeneland, and Arlington need to go back to dirt, please!
Darrin More than 1 year ago
You are right John.That track is total crap.I thin it will go back to dirt in a couple years,since Hollywood is closing.They still have all the dirt in a pile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
John, you are correct sir. Commissioner Shapiro (I cannot remember his first name) took the money and ran. He mandated synthetic surfaces in CA, got paid by the synthetic manufacturers, and disappeared! I would love to know how Del Mar would need PolyCrap? I've followed that meet for many, many years & I've never seen it rain there! Too bad the state is broke & cannot justify the 8 million to change it back. What a shame!
jttf More than 1 year ago
of course 2 weeks isnt enough time.
ognom98 . More than 1 year ago
Paynter is a Cinderella story for sure.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Gene. Please calm down. The hollywood track is closer to sand in texture. Del Mar has the real deal synthetic track.
Gene More than 1 year ago
If this was Andersens first mistake, fine...But he is 50/50 or better to make an egregious mistake in ANY and EVERY article he writes.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
It almost sounds like you 've got boo-boo lip.
aaronrayk More than 1 year ago
Hope he stays safe and healthy. Can't wait to see him at Santa Anita.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If what Alexander says is true, del mar should start doing the same thing. PolyCrap has to go!
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Look forward to Paynter's next start
jttf More than 1 year ago
it is a syndirtic track.
Alexander Danzig More than 1 year ago
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.
B More than 1 year ago
I did not know that. Rather interesting.
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
And you know this because your the guy that over see's the track maintance at Hollywood Park ??? or are you just speaking based on what ??? pls elaborate on your track comment and how you know what you say you know or are you just speculating ????
Harvey Savitsky More than 1 year ago
Many folks do not spell MaintENance correctly!
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
And everyone else could care less....well almost everyone.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
He's right.
Robert More than 1 year ago
yeah that confirms it.
Edward More than 1 year ago
Never heard that from anyone with credibility in the industry. As close as tracks are analysed by handicappers, it's hard to believe it escaped all of their attention, even though many have tons of connections on the backside, but some guy in the comment section of the DRF is going to set us straight. Where is your proof?
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
He's right