Affluential made a powerful four-wide move at the top of the Gulfstream Park stretch en route to a 5 3/4-length maiden win on Dec. 28 to become Paynter's 13th winner from his first crop of runners.
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As 2017 draws to a close, Paynter's excellent first crop of runners rank in the top 10 on the Freshman Sire list by progeny earnings, winners and black type horses. He will be available in 2018 for a fee of $12,500 live foal.
Affluential was well off the pace early in the 6 1/2-furlong contest, but after commencing his rally in the turn, he was much the best as he rolled to the lead outside the furlong marker to cross the wire much the best.
The Kentucky-bred colt is out of the stakes-placed mare Runaway in Love and is a half-brother to another stakes winner, Conquestor. Affluential began his career with a third-place finish in Puerto Rico prior to the hurricane, and is now 1-0-2 in three starts for Jay Jay Racing.