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Baffert Enters Paynter & Liaison in San Diego

A field of six accomplished horses was entered Wednesday morning for Saturday’s $200,000 Grade II San Diego Handicap.

Trainer Bob Baffert has the powerful 1-2 punch of 2012 Belmont Stakes runner-up and Haskell Invitational winner Paynter and recent Mervyn LeRoy Stakes winner Liaison primed to go.

Paynter, to be ridden by Rafael Bejarano, drew post position No. 3. Liaison will break from the No. 4 spot under Martin Garcia.

Trainer Craig Lewis ‘ Clubhouse Ride, winner of the Californian in June at Hollywood Park, drew outside post position No. 6 and will be ridden by Joe Talamo. It will be only the second assignment of his last six that Clubhouse Ride, a 5-year-old son of Candy Ride, won’t be facing Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup winner Game On Dude.

Swaps Stakes winner Chief Havoc, trained by Peter Miller, drew the No. 5 post and will be ridden by Edwin Maldonado. The 3-year-old son of Giants Causeway will be facing older horses for the second time in his career.

Dan Hendricks-trained Batti Man drew post position No. 2 and will be ridden by Brice Blanc.

Hollywood Gold Cup runner-up Kettle Corn, already entered in Friday’s $100,000 Cougar II Handicap, drew the No. 1 post with jockey Victor Espinoza to ride. Trainer John Sadler will decide between the two races. Bejarano would ride Kettle Corn, breaking from the No. 5 post, if the Cougar II is the option.

Nominated for the San Diego but headed for the Cougar II are two-time Pacific Classic winner Richard’s Kid and Jerry Hollendorfer-trained Blueskiesnrainbows.



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I am glad to see Paynter back but I'll be cheering for Liaison to win this one.
Go, Liaison:)
Go Paynter!

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