08/13/2012 3:35PM

Saratoga: Paynter targeting Pennsylvania Derby or Jockey Club Gold Cup

Tom Keyser
Paynter will miss a planned start in the Travers Stakes, his owner announced Monday.

Hoping against hope that his horse could make the Travers, Zayat finally let go of the dream Monday morning, announcing on Twitter that Paynter would not make the race.

Paynter, who spent more than a week in a New Jersey veterinary clinic, arrived at Belmont Park on Friday. On Monday, he began walking under tack, the first time he’s had a saddle on his back since the Haskell on July 29.

Zayat finally realized that by pushing Baffert into running Paynter in the Travers it would likely compromise the colt’s chances for any success the remainder of the year.

“It’s not the right thing to do,” Zayat said.

Zayat said that Paynter could make his next start in either the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing on Sept 22 or the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on Sept. 29. Paynter did run a huge race in the Belmont Stakes, leading all the way before getting run down by Union Rags.

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