June 3, 2018 - Santa Anita, Race 5, Msw, USD $59,000, 4 1/2F, .0000

Mr Paytience, C, 2, 2016 by Paynter

1st Dam: Kantstopdancin, by Yes It's True
2nd Dam: Dancing Shoes (Ire), by Danehill
3rd Dam: Emmaline, by Affirmed

Owner: McShane Racing, LLC
Breeder: Ballena Vista Farm (CA)
Trainer: Doug F. O'Neill

Mr Paytience survived a three-way speed duel and drew away powerfully in the stretch to graduate first out at Santa Anita and become the latest ‘TDN Rising Star’. Picked up for $90,000 at OBS March after breezing a furlong in :10 2/5, the bay broke alertly as a 61-10 proposition before finding himself embroiled as the inside marker in a pace scrum through a :22.53 quarter. Cutting the corner and shaking off his pursuers soon after straightening, Mr Paytience poured it on the stretch, exploding away to graduate by some 7 3/4 lengths in sharp time. Nice Haircut (Square Eddie) completed a one-two exacta for trainer Doug O’Neill. The winner’s dam, a half-sister to GSW Strike Dancer (Smart Strike), produced a filly by Bluegrass Cat last season before returning to the same sire.

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