Saratoga G1s on tap for Paynter and Fast Bullet

Posted to: Paynter Saturday, August 3, 2013
August 31 at Saratoga is shaping up as a huge day for the Zayat Stables as both Paynter and Fast Bullet are slated to make their next starts in a Grade 1 on the final day of the month at the historic New York racetrack.

In the $750,000 Woodward (G1), Paynter will make his first start on traditional dirt since he returned to the races in June following a lengthy layoff do to his life-threatening battle with colitis and laminitis. Paynter's trainer Bob Baffert has said that he thinks the 4-year-old colt prefers dirt vs. the synthetic surface in light of Paynter's runner-up finish in the Grade 2 San Diego H. July 27 at Del Mar.

“I’d like to make the Woodward,” Baffert said. “I’ve got two options – the Pacific Classic (G1, Aug. 25) or the Woodward. I can always change my mind.”

If Paynter does indeed ship East, he will likely go with his stablemate Fast Bullet, who will contest the $500,000 Forego S. (G1) at seven furlongs, a key prep for the season-ending Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1).

For Fast Bullet, the cross-country trip would be his second in two months. On Belmont S. day, he annexed the Grade 2 True North H. by 2 1/2-lengths with an impressive display that earned him a lifetime-best Beyer Speed Figure of 110, also the second-highest figure of the year at the six furlong distance.

Since that race, Fast Bullet has been working in southern California, with regular four and five furlong breezes. The 5-year-old has just five lifetime starts, winning four of them and earning $327,000.