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A serious horse

Updated: July 31, 2012, 11:28 AM ET
By Bill Finley | Special to ESPN.com

Up until Sunday, Paynter was a horse with potential and nothing more. His biggest win had come in an allowance race at Pimlico, hardly the stuff of stardom.

That all changed in an instant at Monmouth Park, where he crushed five rivals to win the $1 million Haskell by 3 lengths. What we have now is a Grade 1 winner who is clearly the best healthy horse in his division, albeit a decimated division.

"He came here and showed the world that he is a serious horse," trainer Bob Baffert ...

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