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Saratoga: Paynter will be passing through
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Paynter, the Haskell winner, is coming to Saratoga after all and will be here for the Travers.
But will not be participating.
Paynter, who missed about two weeks of training because of illness, was scheduled to van from Belmont to Saratoga on Wednesday. He will train here through the weekend before flying back to Southern California on Monday, trainer Bob Baffert said.
Baffert’s top assistant, Jim Barnes, arrived in Saratoga on Monday along with Contested, who is being pointed to Saturday’s Grade 1 Test. Barnes will also saddle Liaison in the Travers and Gun Boat in the King’s Bishop.
“I want Jimmy to see the horse,” Baffert said when asked why Paynter was being moved from Belmont to Saratoga.
Baffert, who will not be coming to Saratoga this weekend, wants to get Paynter back in his care next week and train him for a little while before deciding if he can make the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 22.
The Pennsylvania Derby, oh yes I can't wait, not! Let me count the ways to bet Paynter at 3-5. Could we pick a softer spot Baffert? This is his prep for the Classic, at least this prep win will ensure he will be a favorite that will surely fail against REAL competition in the Classic.
I pose what I think Is an interesting question, to wit, does all this special couplings during breeding season result in superior, fast horses, but also more delicate? I ask this as a result of so many of this year's top 3 yr olds have been retired. IHA, Union Rags, Bodemeister, Hansen, and how many more? Some for infrequently encountered reasons like that of Bode. Is breeding for that super horse, causing damage to the line of thoroughbreds like Round Table, Cigar, etc?
Paynter retires in 5... 4... 3... 2...
If there were Equine Olympics, not only would no US/Canadian-based horses win medals...they wouldn't even pass pre-race testing to compete. Pretty sad, isn't it?
Looks like BB is still pouting over Richard's Kid.
Would love to see Paynter go to the Pa.Derby! Parx is my home town track.It would be great for such a small facility to have a draw like that! It certainly would be easy money! Which I am sure is Baffert's thinking. I don't want to see a horse forced to race if he isn't sound ,but I would hate to see the Breeders Cup Classic without atleast one talented 3 year-old! So I am praying that the other shoe doesn't drop! The sport needs him!
Glad I was in Saratoga for the Whitney! This field for the Travers is subpar! Street Life is the only one I give half a shot ( I guess?) Love Saratoga, but what you have to pay to stay there for this caliber of talent! I would definately want my money back! Guess there's always next year!
Makes sense. This way all California based horses leave together from Saratoga.. With Dullahan.
Baffert would never miss a chance for a photo op, so I'm thinking he doesn't give Liaison much of a chance to make the winners circle. Paynter, NY to LA via Saratoga. Maybe they're shopping him.
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