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Paynter Works in Tandem With Fed Biz

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 Inc. Stable.

“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 the wire.

“ 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 over it.”

 

 

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