09/09/2012 7:07PM

Paynter continues to show improvement

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Paynter continues to make progress from colitis and laminitis, according to a series of updates sent out on Twitter on Sunday night by owner Ahmed Zayat and his son, Justin, the family’s racing manager.

“Today he is having a great day, in fact he had an excellent weekend,” the family’s update read.

According to the Zayats, Paynter’s temperature “has been totally normal for the last 36 hours.”

“His feet are very comfortable,” they added.

Paynter won the Haskell at Monmouth in late July, but became ill soon after that and was taken to a veterinary clinic in New Jersey. After leaving that facility, he was in light training at Belmont Park and then Saratoga, but become ill again two weeks ago and was taken to a clinic in upstate New York, where he has been ever since.

 

Rick Lamond More than 1 year ago
Glad to see that most people understand the most important thing is the horse's survival. Whether or not Paynter ever runs again is a question Baffert and the Zayats will have to face when and if they come to it. Should the colt survive and be sound enough to race again, surely it would not be this year.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
If Zayat gives Baffert another shot with even the barn cat, I'll be amazed
Sam Shelby More than 1 year ago
If he races again this will be one of the most amazing stories ever.
Antonio Reyes More than 1 year ago
Keep fighting PAYNTER can't wait to see you race again and on the big screen..from deadly illnesses to BC Classic Champion and Horse of the Year!!!
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
PAYNTER could possibly race again in 2013, per AZayat tweets minutes ago !!!!! " Casts off in 10 days on all 3 feet. never any sinking or rotation, new x-rays show improvement versus pre-casting. caught laminitis very early , Dr. Laura optimistic Paynter can beat laminitis. Zayat speculates it is possible Paynter can race again. all other colitis metrics doing very well. colitis looks beaten !! " Go , Paynter , The Miracle Horse !!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Have you got twitter comments from Baffert?
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
BB tweeted a few days that Paynter was the most courageous horse he's ever been around, bar none. AZayat a couple of days ago said he was talking with BB every couple of hours each day .I'm sure they agreed AZ would be the one to convey all info to the fans. At one point BB said if Paynter had stayed healthy he would have been comparable to Point Given, supposedly BB's alltime favorite.
neigh sayer More than 1 year ago
I'm surprised he didn't say the Breeders Cup Classic is still an option this year.
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
all the cynics and crepe hangers have been WRONG so far , thank God.
neigh sayer More than 1 year ago
Wrong about what? You assume too much and apparently didn't get it. Everyone without exception has been pulling for Paynter.
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
Long road ahead, but very encouraging,I sure hope for the best
BrassMonkyBalls More than 1 year ago
I'm happy to hear this. keeping fighting
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Woo-Hoo! Fabulous news! I am so happy to hear that Paynter experienced an excellent weekend this weekend, and that his feet are comfortable. Thank the Lord for that. Thank you, Mr. Zayat, for sharing that fantastic news with us. Paynter, you are doing a GREAT job fighting these illnesses. Keep up the good work, buddy. Keep on improving, keep getting better. We continue to stand with you in solidarity in this fight. We are so proud of you, Paynter. Continue to be strong and courageous. We pray that the laminitis, digestive problems, the colitis, the infection and the blood clotting problems are all cured, that you are healed and have a complete recovery. We pray your fever goes away, and stays away for good. We pray for your dedicated and talented medical team, and that their skills and the medications and casts they administer to you continue to make you well. We pray for your owner and his family, and thank them for their love and dedication to your good health. We pray you have a complete recovery. It does not matter to us if you ever race again, Paynter. You are what is important to us. Your recovery to full health is what important, and that you have a happy, healthy life ahead of you. If you do race again, though, we will rejoice in that as well. That will be considered a double blessing to everyone. So keep fighting, stay strong, courageous and brave. Keep healing, keep up the great attitude. You're doing great. We will be back tonight and tomorrow morning to check on your progress, andI I look forward to hearing even more great, encouraging news about your health. Go, Paynter, go!! Have a fab day.
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
Well said Ms. Jackson Never underestimate what the power of faith, prayer, science and a group of dedicated people can achieve! Paynter: the horse that refuses to give up. C'mon Paynter!!!!!!!
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I totally agree with you, Mr. Jhangimal. And Paynter is very courageous horse. He's amazing.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
It is about time that Baffert made comment on Paynter. Was there any word in the sports sections of the West Coast papers?
Five More than 1 year ago
Do you want to hear him "sing" or just be politically correct ?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Let him do his song and dance... He turned his back on and walked away from this horse. No Horseman would ever do that. Let him smirk his way through this.
Perl More than 1 year ago
He's not a vet. Were you hoping he'd hold a candlelight vigil for the horse? Jeesh. Give it a rest.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
What you mean is let it go because it's Baffert... No.
Five More than 1 year ago
You would be right on, he's gonna smirk his way through this, as he usually does. Baffert would say, Paynter was in good hands, and that he kept in touch with Zayat everyday. We want to know, who did what before Paynter freaked in the Haskell.
Perl More than 1 year ago
the horse was very fast prior to the Haskell. He was odds on to win the race, remember.
holly holland More than 1 year ago
Bob has been commenting on Paynter for the last week on twitter. I don't follow twitter but read on another website several of them.
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
AZayat more importantly also said , based on "very positive, upbeat reports from Dr. Laura Javsicas, " that he "thinks Paynter's battle against colitis HAS BEEN WON , altho the he is still fighting the war." he is eating well , likes his new grain, and protein levels are stable." now he needs to beat the laminitis. there has been "no rotation" in the laminitis at last report.
denali1 More than 1 year ago
Very good news... who cares if this colt doesn't race again as long as he is healthy. Good Lord people some of you just don't get it. I'd rather have this colt live out a long healthy life isnt that the most important thing for him. Keep strong Paynter and keep getting healthy
Nick More than 1 year ago
Because he's a racehorse, that's why. If he wasn't a racehorse, would you be paying attention to Paynter?
denali1 More than 1 year ago
Hey nick the diick i pay attention to alot of horses that arent race horses.