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Santa Anita: Paynter back in Baffert's barn
ARCADIA, Calif. - Paynter, the Grade 1 winner who battled colitis and laminitis in the second half of 2012, returned to trainer Bob Baffert’s stable at Santa Anita on Saturday evening.
A 4-year-old in 2013, Paynter will resume training this winter for an intended return to racing. Just having Paynter back in the barn after two serious ailments has been an inspiration, Baffert said on Sunday
“I can’t believe he’s alive,” Baffert said. “He’s really tough, mentally tough. He’s a tough sonofagun.”
Owned by Zayat Racing, Paynter has not started since winning the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in late July. Shortly after that race, he fell ill and was in serious condition in late summer, first with colitis and then laminitis. Through the fall, his condition improved.
Baffert said on Sunday that Paynter’s weight dropped as low as 908 pounds during his illness, and has rebounded to 1,109. Paynter will be walked at Baffert’s stable in coming weeks before resuming any racetrack training.
Last week, Paynter was named the winner of the Vox Populi award, administered by the owners of the late two-time Horse of the Year Secretariat. The award recognizes a horse’s achievements and ability to gain attention for Thoroughbred racing.
Paynter has won 3 of 6 startS and $952,224. Aside from the Haskell, he was second in the Belmont Stakes in June.
Unlike that poor grey horse Paynter will be insured for a lot of $$$$$.I hope he will not end up the same way Tweebster did.
Correcting my note in a buried reply post in this contentious thread that graded stakes winner Mythical Power is at stud now in a backwater. No. He ended up better off than that after being claimed last spring/summer for 12.5. He is at War Horse Place in Lexington standing for $7500. While that may be stretching reality of an appropriate stud fee, I know he has a good home and will see a few mares.
Everyone knows that a horse can start a race perfectly sound and finish with either and injury or without its life. All living creatures can sustain injury, but that doesn't mean they should stop living or serving a purpose. Trainers like Baffert are not butchers, despite the one person who keeps posting otherwise. I would like to see this person train thousands of horses and never incur breakdowns. It's the undeniable, unavoidable aspect of the game, but the game must go on. Life must go on, and it would be terrific if the finger-pointing would stop and energies were spent focusing on advancements in treatment and prevention.
WHY DOES DRF MANAGEMENT LET PEOPLE LIKE BARON MARK JOHN JERRY TALK NONSENSE HERE. They are completely clueeless and only chime in when they can whine. Obviously one of the ones I beat the hell out of in grade school everyday, took their lunch money and spent it on candy. Waaaaaaaah Waaaaaaaaah. You guys are the worst kind of human beings. Please explain why Baffert would want to harm him WAY OF LIFE??? Here is a great idea. Go get a syndicate and buy Paynter and see if your newly formed corporation would want to NOT race or NOT BREED him. Dopes!
Just read, Tweebster was put down. A note to those talking drops to claiming, remember John Henry? Even after he became a win machine he was dropped as low as 20k because he had a bad run. Its the game. Its a brutal game. If a horse is gelded, he will be raced as long as possible.
Bob Baffert and every trainer does what the owners of the horses want them to do. Trainers do their best to care for the horse. The trainers who havethe high number of breakdownsare the ones at lower level venues. They get the low level claimers and race once every week or two. Those horses have a high rate of injury simply because they race so often. I have seen horses in my years of wagering who have raced as many as 50 races in a year. Some who are 5 years old with over a 100 races on the record. Sadly, Tweebster started at a low level and was dropped back to a low level. Owners run their horses to pay the bills, not all owners are super wealthy. Horse ownership is a very pricey hobby.
With all the hate directed at trainers like Baffert and Pletcher you would think they have horses breakdown left and right when in reality these trainers rarely have horses breakdown during a race. I'd like to see a list of all the Baffert or Pletcher runners who broke down during and race and had to be euthanized. I'm sure its a short list. I saw a Graham Motion horse breakdown terribly at Churchill this spring at the 8th pole. Does that mean Motion purposefully ran a hurt horse? No. I remember Pine Island breaking down and falling in the Distaff. Does that mean Shug purposefully ran a hurt horse? No. You don't reach the top in this business by not taking good care of your horses because horses who aren't well taken care of don't run well either. So even if these guys were only in it for money they would still need to take great care of their horses because if they didn't it would be bad for business even if they didn't care about the horse.
RIP Tweebster. You deserved better treatment from those around you. Here's hoping karma prevails....
Here is a novel idea to all the naysayers suggesting a return to the races is a bad idea for Paynter... 1. Go to a yearling sale. 2. Spend $325,000 on any horse flesh you see fit. 3. Do what you like with your recent purchase.
There is not data that says horses of previous stakes caliber when dropped way down in class will break down. Mr Baffert would not run a horse who he knew was subject to a breakdown if run. The vets on track that look the horses over didn't see a problem. Mr. Baffert takes great care of his horses. You cannot make broad claims on a few misunderstood drops in class. Champion last year, 12,500 this year would you claim the horse? No one is forced to put in a claim. There are no guarantees in life, despite the best care. Good luck with Payter, which the article was about. RD
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