Paynter makes way to Belmont Park
Saratoga Springs. NY (Sports Network) - Haskell Invitational winner Paynter has arrived at Belmont Park. The three-year-old colt will be stabled at the track prior to a possible start in the Travers Stakes on Aug. 25 at Saratoga Race Course.
Owned by Zayat Stables, Paynter came down with an infection after winning the Haskell at Monmouth Park on July 29. His elevated temperature prevented him from coming back to trainer Bob Baffert's barn in California or shipping to Saratoga.
Baffert sent Paynter to the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, N.J. after spending time in the barn of trainer Kelly Breen at Monmouth Park.
"I sent him there as a precaution," Baffert said Friday. "They gave him fluids and antibiotics. We didn't want to just leave him in the barn. He was sick; he had a temperature. He needed a lot of fluids. He had just run.
"Our main concern is to make sure the sickness didn't go really bad on him. It was precautionary. He's doing fine now."
While at Belmont Park, Paynter will be monitored daily to determine if he is capable of running in the 1 1/4 mile Travers.
Meanwhile, Jim Dandy Stakes winner Alpha is doing fine after having a Thursday morning workout at Saratoga. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is considering running Alpha in the $1 million Travers where the colt could be the favorite.
Alpha went four furlongs Thursday over the main track in 48.47 seconds.
"He worked great, and we moved it up because of the weather," said McLaughlin after the Thursday workout. "It looks like rain is coming for the next couple of days and we didn't want to risk it. Next week we'll have a window of about four days. He'll work next Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, depending on weather."
Another Travers candidate is Curlin Stakes champ Street Life trained by Chad Brown. Friday, Brown said Street Life is good after a Thursday work of 50.93 seconds for a half-mile.
"Street Life will work two more times before the race," said Brown. "I thought he handled himself very well in the Curlin. He adapted and got himself involved a little earlier in the race, which we had been trying to get him to do, and I think it worked out pretty well. He's maturing. I think Jose (Lezcano) rides him very well, and they're getting to know each other. He has confidence in the horse. I'm excited about his chances."
08/10 17:03:19 ET