Paynter foaled March 4, is an American-bred Thoroughbred racehorse notable for a promising three-year-old racing season that included a second-place finish in the Belmont Stakes and a victory in the Haskell Invitational , cut short by a near-fatal case of colitis requiring abdominal surgery, complicated by laminitis. Most experts believed that even if he survived, his racing days were over. His struggle for life, regularly updated via social media by his owners, gained him a large fan base and earned him the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Moment of the Year and Secretariat Vox Populi Award for His surgery was successful, and innovative treatment for laminitis prevented harm to his feet, so he was sent to the Fair Hill Training Center for recovery and rehabilitation. In November, , he ran in the Breeders' Cup Classic and following the race was retired to WinStar Farm to stand at stud beginning with the breeding season. Paynter is a bay horse with a white star on his forehead, a faint irregular snip on his nose , and a white left front pastern    bred by Diamond A Racing Corporation of Kentucky.
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Punt Drunk: NSW trainer banned for switching urine samples Thursday's edition of Punt Drunk takes in Fortified's eye-catching run at Ipswich and David Pfieffer's disqualification for messing with urine samples Horse racing around the country has six meetings scheduled for this Thursday afternoon. Our racing analysts here at horsebetting. Then we The Queensland Winter Racing Carnival has been thrown a curveball with health officials suddenly stopping horse flights out of Victoria. The PuntDrunk team cannot wait for what promises to be an epic edition of the Group 1 Doomben Cup, and several more star hoops are heading north for the winter
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Robert A. Baffert grew up on a ranch in Nogales, Arizona , where his family raised cattle and chickens. When he was 10, his father purchased some Quarter Horses and he practiced racing them on a dirt track. From there, he moved to racing at legalized tracks, scoring his first victory at age 17 in
Essential Quality certainly has all the credentials most observers would want in a Triple Crown contender. The gray colt comes into the Derby undefeated in five career races over four different tracks. He showed toughness in his final prep in the Blue Grass Stakes, winning by a neck over Derby foe Highly Motivated after a stretch duel.