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Santa Anita notes: Paynter close to comeback race
Paynter, the 4-year-old colt who won the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational last August and then survived a severe bout with laminitis last summer and fall, is nearing a comeback race.
On Friday, Paynter worked a half-mile in 47.60 seconds, his fifth workout since resuming serious training earlier this year.
“He looked pretty good,” Baffert said. “He’s getting pretty close.”
Baffert has not picked a race for Paynter’s first start of 2013 but said it would not be at Santa Anita. The Santa Anita winter-spring meeting ends April 21.
Stakes next for Thursday winners
Egg Drop and Chosen Miracle, winners on Thursday’s program, are likely to make their next starts in stakes.
Egg Drop led throughout an optional claimer over 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares, her second win in six career starts. Egg Drop held off a late threat from Include the Cat to win by 1 1/2 lengths.
“She is a fighter,” trainer Mike Mitchell said. “I thought she could run long.”
Owned by Little Red Feather Racing, Egg Drop could run in the $150,000 Marjorie Everett Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park on May 18.
Mitchell had three wins on Thursday’s eight-race program, including with turf runners Ivanho and English Rhythm.
Chosen Miracle, second in the Grade 3 Eddie D Stakes last September, won an optional claimer on the hillside turf course and is a candidate for the $100,000 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields on April 27, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said.
He'll be back on Derby day in the Churchill undercard.
I think everyone knows how i feel about seeing this wonderful horse return to the races. I am glad however to know he is healthy. I wish nothing but the best for him Best of luck Paytner!
Paynter is damaged goods. Cant bet him.
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$GREED$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Good Luck Paynter.
He can handle it and make his legend. This is not just any horse and he can handle the adversity. I'd be certain this horse will be 100% when he gets in the gate because baffert and zayat know a lot more than you do.
Heart and hope are with Paynter...the connections? NOPE
Why return, the Horse almost died ,isn't that giving ENOUGH.....GREED
Love the horse but cannot say anything good for his peeps. So, Love n Luck to Paynter.
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