UPDATE: Maize N Blue worked a bullet three furlongs in 36:60 (1/10) on May 20 at Churchill Downs in preparation for an early summer debut.
On the wash rack after training:
This daughter of Paynter presents the attractive package of a leggy, pretty filly who also has a license to blossom into something quite gorgeous and talented as she continues to mature.
She did nothing wrong in the OBS breeze preview, turning in a professional-looking breeze of a furlong in 10 1/5. West Point's bloodstock adviser, David Ingordo, knows Paynter very well—he bought the eventual Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Handicap winner as a yearling and considers him to be the best colt he has ever purchased. As a sire for WinStar Farm, Ingordo has noticed the Paynters tend to be a bit late developing, so in that regard, he likes this cross with a mare by Successful Appeal, a source of precocity.
"When I got to the physical, this filly is going to get better with time," Ingordo said. "She is not a baked cake, and so she was not an obvious horse to a lot of people and we were able to sneak in here and get a bit of a bargain."
Paynter's best runner, Go Knicks Go, was overlooked as a yearling when the Korean Racing Authority bought him for $87,000 and again throughout his two-year-old season when he lit up the toteboard with a dominant victory in the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland at 70-to-1 odds and then finished a brave second at 40-to-1 in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs, giving way late to Game Winner.
Churchill Downs' all-time winningest trainer Dale Romans knows a thing or two about developing good fillies, with grade one winners Birdatthewire, C.S. Silk, Molly Morgan, Sassy Image, Swift Temper, and Tapitsfly to his credit.
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