Two days after winning the Haskell Invitational (gr. I), Zayat Stables' Paynter remained at Monmouth Park with a slight fever that prevented him from shipping back to trainer Bob Baffert's base in Southern California.
- By Steve Haskin
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Bouncing back from a heart-breaking loss in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) last month, Paynter romped to victory in the $1 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) July 29 at Monmouth Park for trainer Bob Baffert.
Odds-on choice Richard's Kid gave every indication he's ready to try for a third win in the Pacific Classic (gr. I) with an impressive turn of foot to capture the Cougar II Handicap (gr. III) in track record time at Del Mar.
Coil, one of the top 3-year-olds in America last year but unraced since October, showed he hasn't lost a step in the meantime with an authoritative victory in a $78,000 allowance/optional claiming race at Del Mar July 26.
Five other contenders line up for their shot at a $1 million purse, joining the Bob Baffert trainee in trying to bring excitement to a summer season lacking major 3-year-old stars.
Take Control, the first foal out of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, will make his second start after a layoff of 2 1/2 years in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 28 at Del Mar.
Trainer Bob Baffert wanted to experiment with the inconsistent filly Eden's Moon on turf and his hunch paid off when the odds-on choice led from the start to take the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) at Del Mar.
Derby and Preakness-winning jockey joins O'Neill and Reddam again for $1 million race July 29 at Monmouth Park.
Making her career debut on turf, grade I winner Eden's Moon is the 121-pound high weight in an evenly-matched group of 3-year-old fillies entered for the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) at Del Mar July 22.
Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Paynter and Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Gemologist each posted bullet works this week in advance of the 1 1/8-mile Haskell Invitational (gr. I) to be held at Monmouth Park July 29.
Trainer Bob Baffert easily won his second spring/summer training title in a row at Betfair Hollywood Park while jockey Rafael Bejarano was the dominant rider at the 50-day stand that ended July 15.
Zayat Stables' grade I-winning 3-year-old colt Bodemeister has spiked a fever and will skip the July 29 Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park.
Trainer Bob Baffert describes Executiveprivilege as "pretty special" and it was easy to see why after her impressive 3 1/4-length tally in the $150,000 Landaluce Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park July 14.
Lenny and Steve look at the older horses, tie up some loose ends, salute Joey Chestnut, and present the Top 10 Reasons why Bob Baffert is winning again. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
Odds-on choice Game On Dude repelled a major challenge from stablemate Richard's Kid to make Chantal Sutherland the first female jockey to win the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) July 7 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
There weren't a lot of fireworks in the $150,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) as Blueskiesnrainbows dictated an even tempo and held on gamely for his first stakes victory in the Independence Day feature at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Game On Dude seeks the third grade I victory of his career in the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup July 7 at Betfair Hollywood Park, a race he lost by a nose last year.
After upsetting Liaison in the Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) at 15-1 odds one month ago, Nonios will face his rival once again in the $150,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II), the Independence Day feature at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Returning for his first start in more than 2 1/2 years, Take Control, the first foal out of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, was a sharp winner June 30 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Game On Dude, an easy winner of the Californian Stakes (gr. II) June 2, tops 13 nominees to the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I).
Executiveprivilege, who brought $650,000 in April to top the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training, made her career debut a winning one.
Grade I event at Belmont Park is filly's first start for trainer Larry Jones since Oaks score; Acorn winner Contested challenges with four-race win streak on the line.
Contested, a five-length winner of the Acorn Stakes (gr. I), posted her final workout prior to the June 23 Mother Goose (gr. I), traveling six furlongs in 1:11.97 on the Belmont Park main track June 17.
Trainers and owners share mixed opinions on the points-based system that will be implemented this fall for the Kentucky Derby and Oaks in 2013, but all agree the newly-announced system could use some tweaking.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who is making plans to return Paynter to New York this summer, said his valiant Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up lost a shoe during the June 9 race at Belmont Park.
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Multiple grade I winner Richard's Kid was victorious in his first start in the United States in more than 20 months, romping by 7 1/4 lengths at Betfair Hollywood Park in the $71,650 Prove It Stakes on the night of June 8.
Lenny Shulman talks with Bob Baffert about Paynter, his Belmont Stakes contender, including how he got his name and his prospects for the race. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm. Watch Video
Though trainers David Hofmans and Elliott Walden ended historic bids, they'll be rooting for I'll Have Another to become racing's 12th Triple Crown winner in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Bob Baffert talks about his Belmont contender, Paynter. Watch Video
Ahmed Zayat has come close repeatedly in racing's 3-year-old classics, including with Bodemeister in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. He hopes Paynter can put him over the top in the Belmont Stakes.
Eric Mitchell talks with Ahmed Zayat, who owns Belmont Stakes contender Paynter. Zayat also owns Bodemeister, who finished 2nd in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm. Watch Video
The first round of nominations for the CashCall Futurity (gr. I) and the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) have risen for a third consecutive year.
Grade I winner Richard's Kid is scheduled to make his first start in the United States in more than 20 months in the $70,000 Prove It Stakes June 8 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Showing he's happy to be back in California, Game On Dude romped to victory in the $147,000 Californian Stakes (gr. II) June 2 in his first start since a nearly tragic trip to the Dubai two months ago.
Liaison, sixth in the Kentucky Derby at odds of 56-1, should find the company a little more to his liking when he returns to action in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) June 3 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Game On Dude makes his first start since he was unplaced in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) when he takes on Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) winner Morning Line in the Californian Stakes (gr. II) June 2 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The connections of three fillies who won graded stakes on the May 28 Memorial Day card at Belmont Park said they emerged from their respective victories in good order, with future plans undetermined.
Odds-on favorite Roman Threat had too much speed for his seven opponents in the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) in a dominating win on the Cushion Track at Betfair Hollywood Park May 28.
Even-money choice Contested went gate to wire as the easiest of winners in the $300,000 Acorn Stakes (gr. I) May 28 at Belmont Park.
Zayat Stables' Paynter posted a bullet work over the Belmont Park training track May 27 as the Bob Baffert-trained colt continued his preparations for the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
Anita Cauley's homebred On Fire Baby cuts back to a one-turn mile at Belmont Park in the May 28 TVG Acorn Stakes (gr. I). The Smoke Glacken filly was a disappointing fifth as the second choice in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
Trainer Doug O'Neill has full confidence in the potential for I'll Have Another to handle the grueling 1 1/2 miles of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) after the colt captured the first two jewels of America's Triple Crown.
Doug O'Neill comments on the rivalry between Bodemeister and I'll Have Another with comparisons to Alydar and Affirmed as well as future plans. watch video
Awesomemundo recovered from a poor start and gamely outdueled Love and Pride in a spirited stretch duel to win the $100,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (gr. III) by a head May 19 at Pimlico Race Course.
A Preakness tradition, the Alibi Breakfast gives trainers a chance to offer up an 'alibi' before the second jewel of the Triple Crown. This year there were few alibis and a lot more confidence from the connections.
Ron Mitchell catches Bob Baffert trackside at Pimlico. Bob is asked his thoughts on the post position draw and competition between Bodemeister and I'll Have Another. watch video
Bodemeister, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been made the 8-5 morning line favorite for the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 19 and will break from post 7.
Rather than take Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner I'll Have Another out to exercise on a wet track the morning of May 15, trainer Doug O'Neill opted to keep Reddam Racing's star 3-year-old under cover.
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