Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert sent Paynter, runner-up to Kettle
Corn in the San Diego Handicap, and Fed Biz, fourth in the Eddie Read,
through a tandem workout Thursday morning.
Paynter, with Martin Garcia up, took a position nearest the rail with
Fed Biz and exercise rider Eric Lopez outside. They broke off at the
five-eighths pole and went head to head for six furlongs in 1:13.40 with
Paynter pulling a length clear on the gallop-out.
“A nice work, very even for both,” Baffert said.
Fed Biz is being targeted for the Grade II, $250,000 Pat O’Brien
Stakes at seven furlongs on Sunday, August 25. Baffert is still mulling
options for Paynter, which include the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on
Sunday, August 25 and the Woodward Handicap at Saratoga on August 31.
‘Monkey’ Business Shows Profit For Eurton, Client
When Kinz Funky Monkey won the Manhattan Beach Stakes at Hollywood
Park on June 8, the 4-year-old filly became the first progeny of The
Green Monkey, widely considered racing’s biggest bust, to win a stakes
race. The Green Monkey, a son of Forestry, went for a world record
auction price of $16.1 million at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton sale and was
retired from racing after failing to win in three starts.
Kinz Funky Monkey will seek to make it two in a row as the 3-1
morning line favorite in a field eight in Friday’s featured $90,000
Daisycutter overnight stakes in a return to Del Mar where she began her
career with three starts at the 2012 meeting.
And trainer Peter Eurton can be happy that he didn’t give the
question “Who’s your daddy?” much weight when purchasing, for $82,000,
the filly that would be named Kinz Funky Monkey for the Always Believe
“When we bought her at Ocala we thought she was an exceptionally fast
filly, so we had thoughts of her winning and doing good things going
short,” Eurton said. “We never thought of her beyond one turn.
“I actually thought I’d get her less expensively because of that
pedigree. When I buy a horse, pedigree is important but I usually can’t
buy a (premium) pedigree because I can’t afford it. If she was by
somebody else that was a bigger name then I probably wouldn’t have
gotten her. She would have gone for 40 or 50 percent more.”
Del Mar proved a good proving ground in 2012.
“When we brought her here she was matched up with some good fillies.
She ran with Beholder for awhile in her maiden race (finishing third),
then opened up a 12-length lead in the next race and just got beat at
“ We wound up running her three times here at the meet and the last
time she won but got hurt. Coming back, we didn’t know what to expect.”
The result was a wire-to-wire six-furlong Manhattan win in her first
start on turf.
“I didn’t know if she’d like grass, but I figured she would because
she’s so fast. The grass out here isn’t real long, so she just skims