Paynter, the leading Fifth-Crop sire of 2021, got his latest stakes winner Saturday in the $75,000 Charles Taylor S. when 3-year-old Pirate Junction won his stakes debut.
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Paynter now has seven black type winners this year and 12 stakes horses total. His progeny earnings exceed $8.5 million, more than double any North American stallion on the list.
Pirate Junction made it three wins in a row with Saturday's front-running tally. Pressed the entire 1 1/16-mile trip, the bay sophomore won by a half-length over Canoodling.
The winner is owned by John Sena, Charles Strandberg, and Maureen & Leroy Fincher. He has four wins from eight starts and has earned $109,282.
Bred by Tom Durant and out of Thunder Shower, Pirate Junction is from the family of Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Boston Harbor.