At least two horse racing devotees will not be rooting for I’ll Have Another to win the Triple Crown at Belmont Park on Saturday, and both live in La Cañada Flintridge.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be cheering for Paynter, a three-year-old colt who is Baffert’s entry in the race. Also rooting for Paynter is Dave Paynter, the La Cañada contractor for whom the horse is named.
Baffert, who moved to La Cañada in 2011, said he was so impressed by the job Paynter’s construction company did on his house that he decided to bestow upon him a unique honor.
“He built our home in La Cañada, and I told him, ‘Being as you did such a bitchin’ job on it, I’m going to name a good horse after you,’” said Baffert.
Paynter, a La Cañada resident since 1972, a longtime friend of Baffert’s and avid horse racing fan, is proud to be represented at one of the sport’s most prestigious events, the last leg of the Triple Crown.