Zayat Stables LLC’s Paynter
is reported in great shape following his nearly four length romp in Sunday’s $1
million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park Racetrack.
“He came out great,” said
trainer Bob Baffert, who earned a record sixth Haskell win and third in a row
on Sunday. “He ships back to California tomorrow and will go next in the Travers (at Saratoga on Aug. 25).”
Paynter, who was kept close
to pacesetter Gemologist in the Haskell, dispensed with that rival near the
half-mile pole before drawing clear at the head of the stretch and asserting
his strength through the lane. Nonios
rallied to finish second as Stealcase closed from last to take third. The running time for the mile an eighth over
a fast main track was 1:48.87.
Paynter, a 3-year-old colt by
Awesome Again from the Cee’s Tizzy mare Tizso earned his third victory in six
starts by taking the Haskell. The
$325,000 yearling purchase has now earned $952,224.
renewal of the Haskell saw over 35,000 in attendance at Monmouth, whose racing
season continues through Oct. 7. In
addition to live cards on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in August, Monmouth
will add Thursday twilight cards on Aug. 9, 16, 23 and 30 with a first post of