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« Reply #50 on: June 16, 2013, 03:04:07 PM »

Marvelous. What a story.

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« Reply #51 on: October 30, 2013, 07:52:44 AM »

This is a really nice story that appeared on the Home Page. Paynter will be retired to WinStar Farm after Breeder's Cup. Elliott Walden is the President and CEO of WinStar's racing operations. Years ago, Walden was a guest trainer at a Breakfast at Arlington and he gave me the impression he was a nice country boy, bordering on a country bumpkin. At that time, I could see him living in Mayberry. I am so glad to see he has become so successful. He really is a very nice person.

Good luck, Paynter, and always stay safe and healthy.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/horseracing/la-sp-dwyre-20131029,0,5295854.column
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« Reply #52 on: November 18, 2013, 11:20:24 AM »

Last year, Paynter won the Vox Populi Award and is also nominated for this year's award. This award is not like an Eclipse for the best horse but is:

“Horse racing already has established avenues to award outstanding accomplishments, and we certainly should honor superior performance. But achievement can be measured in many ways, and fans occasionally feel a disconnect when the horses who most impacted the public are not recognized through the traditional equine awards. The industry is long overdue in annually acknowledging the star horse who brings the most excitement and attention to the sport.  It is my hope that the Secretariat “Vox Populi” Award will be an honor that reflects the heart and soul of racing and will help build upon the devotion the public has for a horse they love.”
 
~ Penny Chenery, 2010

Paynter's comeback this year and ending up in the Classic, in my opinion, is the exceptional story this year. If anyone cares to vote for Paynter or one of the other nominees, you can do it here:

http://www.secretariat.com/fan-club/vox-populi-award/
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