Zayat Stable’s Paynter, who made a triumphant return Friday at
Betfair Hollywood Park, came out of the race strong, according to Mike
Marlow, assistant to Hall of Famer Bob Baffert.
Paynter’s successful battle against colitis and laminitis has
captured the imagination of racing fans everywhere. For a half-hour
after his victory Friday, the hashtag #PowerUpPaynter was trending fifth
on Twitter, meaning Paynter was the fifth most popular subject in the
entire United States.
“He’s real good this morning,” said Marlow. “He came back pumped up, like he didn’t even run. He wasn’t tired at all.
“He ate well last night and he’s happy this morning. He’s an
amazing horse. His owners couldn’t have been happier if it was a Grade
I. It was like a Grade I to them. The whole thing was good for
Paynter’s winning time for seven furlongs over Cushion Track was
1:21.86. Where the 4-year-old son of Awesome Again will run next has
yet to be determined.