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Baffert's Travers Hopeful Liaison Works at Saratoga

Liaison gets a bath Derby week
Liaison, third in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy, will be Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s lone representative in the Grade 1, $1 million Travers as Zayat Stables’ Paynter has been declared from the Mid-Summer Derby.

 

Paynter, second in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes to Union Rags, won the Haskell Invitational on July 29 at Monmouth Park and two days later spiked a fever. Baffert had the colt examined at the Mid-Atlantic Equine Center in Ringoes, N.J., and later shipped him to Belmont Park.

 

After Baffert consulted with owner Ahmed Zayat, the decision was made this morning to skip the Travers.

 

“We talked yesterday and this morning about it,” Baffert said from Del Mar. “It was going to be tough. I wouldn’t be able to get a work into him, and it would be too much. We’ll just get him right and get him back to full steam and nominate him everywhere.”

 

Baffert still has Arnold Zechter’s Liaison on track for the 1 ¼-mile Travers. The Indian Charlie colt worked five furlongs in 1:00.38 on Saratoga’s main track this morning.

 

“Liaison is doing well,” Baffert said.

 

Expected for the Travers as well are Jim Dandy winner Alpha and runner-up Neck n’ Neck; Street Life and Five Sixteen, first and second in the Curlin; Haskell runner-up Nonios and third-place finisher Stealcase; and Hansen, most recently fourth in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby, along with Cogito, Atigun, and possibly Teeth of the Dog, according to NYRA stakes coordinator Andrew Byrnes.

 

Five Sixteen breezed for the Travers this morning, covering five furlongs in 1:00.35 over the main track, while Atigun went four furlongs in 48.55 over the Oklahoma training track.

 


 

 

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Poor field? This is just about all that's left as far as three year olds go
Don't feel bad Ruffian I'm having the same problem as you can see
The late summer Derby has really lost it's luster with the very poor field being entered, Noninos looks to be the favorite, the problem is he's had two tuff race's in a row and I look for a poor performance this time out. This year take your program close your eye's and wherever your finger lands is your pick. the race is wide open. s
I have no idea why that just posted so many times..sorry guys.
Kudos to Bob Baffert and Ahmed Zayat for keeping Paynter's best interest in mind.
Kudos to Bob Baffert and Ahmed Zayat for keeping Paynter's best interest in mind.
Kudos to Bob Baffert and Ahmed Zayat for keeping Paynter's best interest in mind.
Kudos to Bob Baffert and Ahmed Zayat for keeping Paynter's best interest in mind.
Kudos to Bob Baffert and Ahmed Zayat for keeping Paynter's best interest in mind.
Kudos to Bob Baffert and Ahmed Zayat for keeping Paynter's best interest in mind.
Kudos to Bob Baffert and Ahmed Zayat for keeping Paynter's best interest in mind.
10 furlongs is not a good distance for Hansen.
gut feeling a bomb will light up the board in this years Traver's.Atigun may fit the bill

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