03/29/2013 4:50PM

Santa Anita notes: Paynter close to comeback race

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Barbara D. Livingston
Paynter, who survived a bout with laminitis last year, likely will make his 2013 debut after the Santa Anita meet ends April 21.

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.

Alex More than 1 year ago
He'll be back on Derby day in the Churchill undercard.
denali1 More than 1 year ago
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!
Mark More than 1 year ago
Union Rags
chairmanwong0 More than 1 year ago
Paynter is damaged goods. Cant bet him.
Suzanne Thomas More than 1 year ago
He is healed.
chairmanwong0 More than 1 year ago
You think he's a machine? Even when humans come back from injury/diease they are never the same. Why wouldnt it be the same fo horses!
Suzanne Thomas More than 1 year ago
"Never the same" is a broad generalization and NOT accurate for many athletes. To quote from the SI, 11/4/02 article "Injury:" "Remember when a torn ACL ranked among the most dreaded diagnoses for a pro athlete? The NFL is now filled with stars who have thrived after blowing out their knees: Rod Woodson, Jerry Rice, Tony Boselli, Priest Holmes. The NBA has has its share, too, including Derek Anderson, Baron Davis, Danny Manning and Bonzi Wells, as well as recent retiree Tim Hardaway. Hell, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios was on the ice just 95 days after reconstructive surgery. Today, the vast majority of patients who stick to their rehab programs can expect to return to their prior level of athleticism. In other words, don't fret when your favorite player ruptures an ACL. It could've been something far worse."
redboy More than 1 year ago
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$GREED$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Good Luck Paynter.
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
LOL Oh Redboy my man! Please don't embarrass us by standers. You're making us look... amateurish and not able to grasp the big picture. You do realize he could be making a lot more $$$$$$$$$$$ in the breeding shed right? So you screaming "greed" is like living in Hawaii or some island and screaming "water" in the middle of the day! LOL By standers unite (and maybe one day well get to become "greedy" owners)!
John Dutchy More than 1 year ago
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.
GuyFleegman1 More than 1 year ago
Heart and hope are with Paynter...the connections? NOPE
Jack More than 1 year ago
Why return, the Horse almost died ,isn't that giving ENOUGH.....GREED
Suzanne Thomas More than 1 year ago
He is healed.
Brandon Layer More than 1 year ago
Mervyn LeRoy
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Love the horse but cannot say anything good for his peeps. So, Love n Luck to Paynter.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
I understand that you are a Baffert hater, as you have expressed repeatedly on this forum. That is your right, if an uninformed one. However, what can you possibly have against the Zayats, who did everything possible for Paynter and clearly love him very much? I think the Zayat family, Mr. Baffert and his assistants, and of course, Paynter's veterinary team, deserve much praise for the care they've given this horse, up to and including his imminent return to the races. Go Paynter!!!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I'll love the Horse.