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Paynter possible for San Diego at Del Mar next out
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Paynter, winner of the 2012 Haskell Invitational who made a successful return to racing last month after battling colitis and laminitis last summer and fall, may start in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on July 27.
Owned by Zayat Racing and trained by Bob Baffert, Paynter worked six furlongs in 1:12.60 at Santa Anita on Monday. A 4-year-old, Paynter won an allowance race June 14 in his first start of 2013. He has had three workouts since that race.
Baffert said Tuesday that he wants to see how Paynter trains on Del Mar’s Polytrack synthetic surface before finalizing plans. He said another option is the $200,000 Monmouth Cup at Monmouth Park on July 28. Both the San Diego and Monmouth Cup are run at 1 1/16 miles.
I like how Bob let's everyone know where he's not going like everyone didn't already know that.
I like how Bob lets everyone know where he is going so know one else shows up.
Paynter is the X-factor in this division. The allowance comeback suggested something that I really didn't think possible, that Paynter might be able to pick up on his development as if nothing had happened; the huge return effort hinted that whatever trajectory Paynter's career was on prior to the illnesses, he somehow might be able to pick back up on it and be able to fulfill all the promise from his sophomore season. And after the Haskell, I believed Paynter was on the verge of becoming something really special. Time will tell.
Bob Baffert should own the Handicap Division. He has given so much time to 3 year olds and I think the Triple Crown rule change threw him off this year. I expect him to re-evaluate his 3 year old methedology and win the Kentucky Derby 2014. Just sayin'.
Paynter has the right trainer. Baffert has become a master trainer of older horses much like Charlie Whittingham demonstrated before him.
Great horse and story Everyone should be rooting for him
Don't forget that the owners have one heck of a HUGE say in where their horses run. Game On Dude and Paynter have different owners. Owners who are successful and may not want to be dictated to. Handling such owners is a delicate balancing act otherwise - you're fired. And then throw in this: which owner in their right mind wants to second guess a trainer with Baffert's credentials? Especially when he's just won you 5 million bucks with one horse. Heck, I'd be chomping on cigars and cheering Baffert on! That's just me.
I'm all for Paynter and this comeback. Its truelly amazing if you followed him from Haskell win through his illnesses and comeback race. Love this colt. But I would be horrified to ship him across country in summer heat and humidity back to where all the illness started. Saratoga weather is quirky and unpredictable. Could be a bit too much on Paynters system especially as he is back in heavy training. As much as I want to see him here, I wouldn't risk it. And Fort Larned, MMM, WISE DAN are not the types he crushed in the allowance race.
So the horse on his comeback from life threatening illness might get shipped across country to the track where the illness began? This might happen if Baffert doesn't think he trains well enough at Del Mar. But the Dude who is sound and rock solid, who Baffert says always ships well, won't go to Saratoga because it's a tough ship? Even though he says Del Mar is not his best surface. But ship Paynter? Didn't Paynter also van up to Saratoga after his illness began? Why not put Dude on the plane with Paynter and van him the few more hours up to Saratoga like he did with Paynter last year. I don't blame bob for keeping dude in CA and taking the easy money, but really, a tough ship?
northern dancer x 3. raise a native, an mr. proctor. laminitis? what a surprise
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