“Plan A” for Paynter, second in the San Diego
Handicap in his second start of a remarkable comeback, is still the
Woodward Stakes on August 31 at Saratoga, trainer Bob Baffert said
But Baffert indicated that Paynter would be nominated, at a cost of
$300, for the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic. Nomination deadline for
Del Mar’s signature race is Thursday although a supplemental entry, at a
cost of $10,000, can be made up to the time of entries on Wednesday,
Paynter worked six furlongs on Wednesday in 1:13.60.
“He went over the track the best he ever has here,” Baffert said.
Two Stakes Part Of 10-Race Card On Sunday
The $150,000 Grade III Rancho Bernardo Handicap and the $150,000
Solana Beach Handicap are the stakes features on a 10-race Sunday card.
The Rancho Bernardo, at 6 ½ furlongs for older fillies and mares,
will go as the fourth race. The field, from the rail out is:
Reneesgotzip (Garrett Gomez), Winding Way (Rafael Bejarano),
Sugarinthemorning (Gary Stevens), Curvy Cat (Corey Nakatani) and Sweet
Marini (Martin Garcia).
The Solana Beach will go as the eighth race. The field, from the rail
out is: Unusual Hottie (Joe Talamo), Halo Dolly (Rafael Bejarano),
Qiaona (Garrett Gomez), Heat Trap (Victor Espinoza), Bella Viaggia (Gary
Stevens), Spring Bloom (Corey Nakatani) and Warren’s Flasher (Julien
Stevens Well Situated For Arlington Million Return
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens will be in Chicago on Saturday for
the Arlington Million Day card. It will be his first appearance in the
event in 10 years, with the last one ending with a bizarre spill and
In 2003, Stevens was in front and appeared set to record his third
Million victory when his mount, Storming Home, bolted to the right,
dropping Stevens in front of a hard-charging field. He was struck by one
horse and came out of the incident with a collapsed lung and fractured
Stevens emerged from seven years of retirement this year and has 11 wins from 37 mounts at Del Mar.
Stevens’ mounts at Arlington on Saturday include Draw Two for trainer
Michelle Nihei in the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes, (6-1 morning line)
Marketing Mix for Tom Proctor in the $750,000 Beverly D. (2-1 favorite)
and Indy Point (9-2) for Richard Mandella in the Arlington Million.