Could Bayern be sitting on a career-best performance in Saturday's Preakness Stakes? read blog
Mucho Macho Man's nose victory in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) was voted by fans as the 2013 National Thoroughbred Racing Association's "Moment of the Year."
Images from Open Houses at Kentucky Farms in 2014. View Slideshow
Online voting is now open at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) website for the 15th annual "Moment of the Year."
A visual look at some of the new sires for 2014, arranged in in alphabetical order. View Slideshow
WinStar commissioned an artist to create a graffiti-style mural to promote entering stallion Paynter.
Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky., announced 2014 stud fees for its expanded 23-stallion roster, led again by leading sire Distorted Humor who stands for $100,000 stands and nurses.
Some of horse racing's biggest stars are stepping up to the plate to support New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program by pledging a percentage of their purse earnings from the 2013 Breeders' Cup World Championships.
Grade I-winning millionaire Paynter, whose story of perseverance a year ago captivated the racing world, will begin his next career in 2014 as a stallion at Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky.
Game On Dude, making his third start in the Classic, is the morning line favorite.
Steve talks about the horses who have worked today, including Game On Dude, Paynter, and Flashback. We learn news of Graydar being out of the Dirt Mile and when international horses are arriving at the track. watch video
- By Claire Novak
Hall of Fame trainer talks about Paynter and Game On Dude after their Oct. 28 works at Santa Anita. Claire asks Bob Baffert if Game On Dude is a different horse from last year, listen to his answer. watch video
Some of the leading contenders for the Nov. 1-2 Breeders' Cup World Championships, including Game On Dude, Paynter, and Beholder worked at Santa Anita Park the morning of Oct. 28.
Bob Baffert, Todd Pletcher, and Bill Mott each will saddle two horses in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park, with Baffert sending out likely favorite Game On Dude.
Zayat Stables' Paynter tuned up for the Breeders' Cup Classic Oct. 14 with a five-furlong work in 1:00 under jockey Martin Garcia, who will ride the son of Awesome Again in the mile-and-a-quarter race at Santa Anita Nov. 2.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith has been named by fellow Hall of Famer Bob Baffert to ride California-based handicap star Game on Dude in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park.
Mucho Macho Man earned his long-anticipated first grade I victory and stamped his return ticket to the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) with an impressive performance in the $250,000 Awesome Again Stakes Sept. 28.
TimeformUS Weekend Plays: The Jockey Club Gold Cup and The Awesome Again read blog
Grade I winner Paynter, whose comeback from life-threatening illness more than a year ago was stalled in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I), will attempt to atone at Santa Anita Sept. 28 in a race named for his sire, Awesome Again.
Godolphin Stables' Alpha sprung a wire-to-wire upset in the $735,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 31, winning for the first time since he took the 2012 Travers Stakes (gr. I) in a dead heat.
Tom LaMarra and Claire Novak preview the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Watch Video
Successful Dan and Paynter, two horses who have overcome great physical difficulties to continue their racing careers, head a strong edition of the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 31.
Zayat Stables' Paynter worked seven furlongs in 1:25 3/5 at Del Mar, Aug. 20 in preparation for his cross-country trip to Saratoga, where he will face a number of the nation's top older horses in the Woodward Stakes.
Kettle Corn came from off the pace to win the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. III), spoiling the return of Paynter to graded stakes competition July 27 at Del Mar.
Continuing a storybook comeback from near death last spring after winning the Haskell Invitational (gr. I), Paynter will pack 122 pounds versus five solid rivals July 27 in the $200,000 San Diego Handicap (gr. I).
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert worked Paynter and Liaison, top contenders for the upcoming San Diego Handicap (gr. II), in tandem July 21 and pronounced them both ready for the $200,000 event.
Awesome Patriot, a stakes-winning full brother to 2013 Preakness (gr. I) winner Oxbow, has been retired from racing and will stand the 2014 breeding season at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in Lexington.
Trainer Bob Baffert indicated July 8 that Zayat Stables' Paynter, who won his comeback race June 14, could resurface in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 27 at Del Mar.
Lenny and Steve discuss the Triple Crown, the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita for 2014, Paynter, and Bob Baffert's second season. Sponsored by Darby Dan Farm. Watch Video
Churchill, Chantilly, Hollywood, Belmont, Monmouth; Presque Isle Downs and much more! View Slideshow
Returning from a near-death experience last year, Paynter demolished an allowance field June 14 at Betfair Hollywood Park in his first start since winning last July's Haskell Invitational (gr. I).
The 2012 Haskell Invitational winner will race for the first time since taking that grade I event, having recovered from a severe illness and ensuing surgery.
Cee's Song produced four stakes winners, one an important sire, and two multiple stakes producers, each with a grade I winner to her credit.
Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Paynter turned in his second work since making a comeback from severe illness and the subsequent surgery he underwent last year, breezing four furlongs in :50 1/5 at Santa Anita Park.
PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter
Oxbow took decisive first steps on the road to the Kentucky Derby with an 11 1/2-length victory in the Lecomte Stakes.
Paynter's recovery from life-threatening battles with laminitis and colitis after his victory in the 2012 Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) at Monmouth Park was voted by fans the 2012 NTRA Moment of the Year.
Owner Ahmed Zayat confirmed Dec. 26 that his Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Paynter will ship from Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center near Elkton, Md., to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's California barn Dec. 29.
At year's end we typically see many of our favorite stars move into retirement or second careers. In spite of the many fan favorites and talented athletes who have left the track, one thing remains...their finishes. read blog
- By Steve Haskin
Only in Thoroughbred racing can one of the greatest champions in the history of the sport share the same stage with a former $5,000 claimer from Penn National. read blog
After seeing reaction to their initial five nominees, Penny Chenery and the Secretariat Vox Populi Committee have added two more nominees in Paynter and Shackleford.
- By Steve Haskin
As the morning sun burned through the dense fog that had enshrouded the Fair Hill training center, Paynter was brought out for his daily round of activity. read blog
- By Steve Haskin
Steve and Lenny discuss Frankel's last race, interview Buff Bradley on Groupie Doll and Brass Hat as well as dissect the East vs West rivalry in the Breeders' Cup. watch video
- By Steve Haskin
A light, steady rain fell as the Cooper Horse Transport van pulled up to the barn at Bruce Jackson's Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center. read blog
Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Paynter will leave New Bolton Oct. 14 or 15 for Fair Hill Equine Therapy Center in Elkton, Md., owner Ahmed Zayat said.
- By Steve Haskin
Forget the heartbreaking defeats in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont, and the promising careers cut short. The Zayat family will always remember 2012 as the year of Paynter. read blog
Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center removed a 15-inch external growth from the intestines of Haskell Invitational winner Paynter, owner Ahmed Zayat confirmed Oct. 3.
Haskell Invitational winner Paynter will undergo surgery Oct. 3 on an abscess of the cecum at 9:00 a.m. EDT at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center, owner Ahmed Zayat said.
Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Paynter has beaten laminitis and will be able to race again if he beats colitis, his owner said Sept. 21.
Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Paynter, who was diagnosed with laminitis Sept. 4, continues to make significant strides toward recovery, according to the Zayat family.
About 90 minutes into the Sept. 10 first session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, the action really picked up with two seven-figure horses selling in short succession.
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