03/29/2013 3:50PM

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.