ELMONT, N.Y. - Bob Baffert watched in dismay as his horse came up just short again in a Triple Crown race. After watching Bodemeister lose duels to I’ll Have Another in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, the veteran trainer watched with even more disappointment as Union Rags chased down Paynter, Baffert’s other Triple Crown entry. Paynter lost by a neck in Saturday’s 144th running of the Belmont Stakes.
“Is there a Triple Crown for seconds,’’ said Baffert. “I need a Triple Crown for seconds. I really thought [Paynter] was going to win today. He was doing so well. I knew we had the horse to do it and that horse [Union Rags] snuck up on him. He’s still a young horse, still learning how to run. It’s over. When you get beat, you get beat.’’