The win put the lightly-raced horse into the National Thoroughbred Poll for
the first time. Baffert still has Game On Dude leading the NTRA Poll in week
Game On Dude, training for the Pacific Classic, received 20 top votes and 387
points. The five-year-old gelding has been atop the voting for four straight
The next seven positions in the poll are unchanged as well from last week.
Ron the Greek is second with six first-place votes and 345 points. Sitting
third with two top votes and 320 points is Mucho Macho Man followed by
Shackleford (2, 294), Royal Delta (1, 246), Acclamation (3, 243) I'll Have
Another (12, 202) and Wise Dan (117).
Paynter enters the poll in ninth, dropping stablemate Bodemeister a spot to
10th. Owned by Zayat Stables, Paynter won the Haskell by 3 3/4 lengths as the
'Jimmy (assistant trainer Jim Barnes) and I have always been high on him,'
Baffert said of Paynter. 'It was nice to finally get a big win for Zayat
and with (jockey) Rafael Bejarano.'
The victory entitled the colt to 92 points, 30 more than Bodemeister.