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Updated on 08/30/2012 3:34PM
Paynter found to have colitis; vet expresses great concern
By Jay Privman
Paynter on Tuesday night was described as being seriously ill by Dr. Mark Cheney, the respected equine veterinarian who is overseeing his treatment, who said the Haskell Invitational winner has colitis - an inflammation of the colon - and that a principle concern now is also founder.
"I'm worried to death," Cheney said in a telephone interview. "You've got to keep your fingers crossed. Just hope and pray."
Paynter was taken late Sunday to the Upstate Equine Medical Center in Schuylerville, N.Y., nine miles northeast of Saratoga. He had been at Saratoga for several days after arriving from Belmont Park. This is the second time in less than a month that Paynter has become so ill that he needed to be sent to a veterinary clinic.
On July 31, two days after his win in the Haskell, Paynter was sent to the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, N.J. He remained there for two weeks before going to Belmont Park. His trainer, Bob Baffert, said Paynter had diarrhea that time, and said "we dodged a bullet" once Paynter's condition improved.
Baffert earlier Tuesday said Paynter's temperature had reached 103 degrees in New York - normal for a horse is around 100 - and that he again had a serious case of diarrhea. Baffert sounded much more concerned with Paynter's condition this time than he did the first time he took ill in New Jersey, and Cheney says those concerns were justified.
"I just don't think he got over what he had down there," Cheney said. "I'm just glad they didn't ship him on Monday."
Paynter was scheduled to fly back to California on Monday. He had been at Saratoga since late last week after spending several days at Belmont Park. He was sent to Saratoga because Baffert had several horses there who raced last weekend -- such as Contested in the Test Stakes -- who were all scheduled to fly to California on Monday.
Cheney said that when he examined Paynter over the weekend, "He had lost weight, and you could see in his eyes he was not as healthy as he should be."
The decision was then made to send him to the clinic.
Paynter earlier this year finished second in the Belmont Stakes to Union Rags. He is owned by Ahmed Zayat.
- additional reporting by David Grening
Prayers are with you youngster. Sending a huge horse hug your way.
Tweet says he did not have a good night. Second Tweet says Zayats on way to see him.
GOD BLESS LITTLE BOY U CAN MAKE IT
Mr. Zayat tweeted a little while ago that Paynter is doing a bit better and that they were hand-grazing him, I believe. Power Up, Paynter
You give an addictive substance to any breathing creature, they will get sick without it to any number of degrees. And yes, withdrawal can mean death for many opioids. I'm not saying this happened to Paynter or any of the others this yr with similar illnesses. I don't claim to be an expert horseperson or even a vet. But I have worked in the field of addictions, forensic and neuropsych and specialized in psychopharmocology. So, don't tell me to go back to the kitchen, get off the board or correct my inexperienced remarks. I love to see these glorious animals race; I hate to see them get sick, injured or killed because if medications that can do harm, legal or otherwise. I care about the animal as well as well the racer. And yes, withdrawal can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, diseases like colitis and ulcers and death. This message board us about a sick horse and mostly people who care about his well being. Thanx for the read.
Get REAL , Take away the "DRUGS" or Juice as it's called on the BACKSTRETCH and 90% of those So-Called "SUPER TRAINER'S" will DISAPPEAR.....This game NEEDS a GOOD HOUSE CLEANING..............................
For more on the subject (?) of doping, here is a link: http://www.rmtcnet.com/content_recentrulings.asp This is the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium website. Now, they don't have access to every single ruling, as they state on the site, so there could be drug violations they don't list. I notice many of the horses are not Thoroughbreds and many of the tracks are minor. I also noticed some were given caffeine... I definitely need caffeine to perform my best! Nonetheless, make of the data what you will.
I am going to suggest to all you know-nothings out there that you google colitis-x. This is a life-threatening disease which is almost always fatal (it killed Landaluce). When you ship horses they can get sick. Just the stress of moving and the possibility of picking up infections in a stall which was previously occupied by another horse who might have been sick. There is no way to completely sanitize a stall, especially in these old barns at the track. You people are wacko on the subject of doping.
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