Paynter’s story is well-known and as inspiring as they come; just surviving colitis or laminitis alone would have been an incredible achievement. For him though, it wouldn’t be enough of a victory. Not only did the bay son of Awesome Again thrive after beating back four ailments that would have killed a lesser horse, he returned to racing and never stopped showing that awesome heart.
When he entered his stud career at Winstar in 2014, it was an exciting moment not only for the fans, but the connections that fought so hard to make sure that Paynter had every chance to fight back when he was sick. On paper and on the track, he was the fastest son for his sire since the Great Ghostzapper, clocking in at a handsome 114 Beyer number.
Flash forward to 2018, and he now stands for a very fair price of $12,500 (LFSN). The tag is beginning to look like one of racing’s best bargains as his foals start lighting up the track with the same brilliance that their sire had shown. Here are only a few of the brightest standouts so far:
Bootsy’s Hadenough- This bay filly burned through her maiden race and finished almost 10 lengths in front of her competition under no pressure from her jockey in a final time of 1:10.86.
Renaisance Frolic- This colt earned his racing shoes when he won a hard fought three length victory in the Armed Forces S. at Gulfstream Park. He got his start in a turf race but took to the dirt like he never even noticed the surface change and delivered for his connections.
Queen Mum- This little lady flashed her turn of foot in her maiden race with a sustained last to first bid. In her Rags to Riches S. try, she just couldn’t reel in the winner, who won by a comfortable 6.5 lengths.
In the auction ring, his foals are being greeted with great enthusiasm. Consistently selling far above his cover fee, they are proving to be a valuable investment for the shrewd horse(wo)men that know what they are looking for in a racer. In the Keeneland November sale, four weanlings sold for three times his fee, and two RNA’d at $120,000 a piece. In the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearlings Sale, four yearlings sold over his covering fee, with one RNA at $48,000 and a few private sales.
If you can’t afford to buy one, you can always indulge yourself and watch some of his first time starters or stakes starters. Here are the up-coming starts for a few of his two year olds:
- December 1st: Dancingwithpaynter, a 2 y/o filly that will be making her start in a maiden special weight race at Aqueduct in New York. Her race is the fourth on the card, and it will be an 8f contest.
- December 2nd: Triple Dog Dare, a 2 y/o colt that will be making a stakes start in the Remsen at Aqueduct. It is a 9f contest with a $250,000 purse and his owners are e Five Racing (they had a fantastic 2017 Breeders’ Cup). The Remsen is carded as race #9.
- December 2nd: Ms Peintour, a 2 y/o filly that will be making a start in a maiden special weight at Gulfstream Park. It will be the very first race, and it is a 7.5 furlong contest.
- December 8th: Salt Bae, a 2 y/o filly that will be starting in a maiden special weight at the Fairgrounds. It is race #8 and it will be a 5.5f sprint.