Updated on 09/06/2012 2:55PM

Paynter found to have 'rapidly progressing' laminitis

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Barbara D. Livingston
Paynter became sore on his left foot on Monday and it had worsened by Tuesday.

Haskell winner Paynter appears to have taken a turn for the worse with a laminitis diagnosis, according to recent communications from his owner Ahmed Zayat.

Zayat tweeted at 1:27 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday that X-rays have revealed the 3-year-old Paynter has developed “rapidly progressing” laminitis. “The most concerning news is as of last night he started becoming sore on his left foot and was scared to turn around and walk on it,” Zayat wrote in a series of tweets, adding that the colt’s team initially believed the cause was due to swelling. “But it has worsened because today he has been diagnosed with our nightmare scenario of laminitis. It seems it is rapidly progressing after taking additional X-rays of the foot and discussing with some foot experts. Dr. Laura [Javsicas] have [sic] found out that he has developed it in three of his four legs, which is heartbreaking. Poor Paynter. I don’t know how long he can fight this out so bravely without pain and suffering. So far, Laura is very conscious of that and having his pain under control. But we need to look at all these problems. My deep concern is that if he is a healthy horse he can fight laminitis since it is the beginning but to be a sick horse and fight all these issues all at once, it is asking for too much. We need to be compassionate and merciful and treat our star with the respect and love that he deserves while giving him the best chance in fighting for his life. Please pray. Those are very detailed tweets, as I am at loss in what’s the right thing to do here but will leave it up to his caring and loving vet to decide what are the right courses of action. Please pray for pain-free Paynter.”
On Monday, veterinarians at the Upstate Equine Medical Clinic in Schuylerville, N.Y., informed Zayat that Paynter had developed an infection in the area where a catheter was inserted to feed and medicate the colt. He also had developed some blood clotting that had hampered his ability to get enough nutrients.

Paynter was admitted to the clinic with colitis, an inflammation of the colon, on Aug. 26. He had made some progress recently prior to the infection and clotting setback.

Zayat’s tweets Tuesday noted that the complications are “serious” and wrote: “Other than fighting bravely his colitis, he continues to have diarrhea as well as his protein blood level is very low. We continue to give him plasma to help him out. His blood work continues to make some progress fighting that disease, on the other hand, as I have explained in my tweets yesterday ... he is developing a new issue about his veins being swollen, a disease that is called DIC, which stands for disseminated intravascular coagulopathy.”

Zayat said he has been taking veterinary advice from both Dr. Javsicas, whom he called Paynter’s “angel,” as well as Dr. Mark Cheney.
Paynter finished second to Union Rags in the Belmont and won the Haskell on July 29. Two days later, he shipped to New Jersey’s Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center with what his connections then believed to be pneumonia. He developed diarrhea but then improved and returned to light training with Bob Baffert two weeks later. He shipped to the Schuylerville clinic on Aug. 26 after he developed diarrhea and a 103-degree temperature; the equine temperature normally ranges between 99 to 101 degrees Fahrenheit.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What has happened with the 3 year old crop this year with so many getting sick it says how bad and polluted their environement is. The condition at these clinics is not very clean when insurting catheters to feed payter works out to give him an infection. This is why Tapits owner grows his own feed and will not let that horse eat anything or be exposed to anything in these horse clinics.
Carole Cole More than 1 year ago
I too am very saddened to hear Paynter is now fighting laminitis. I certainly send positive thoughts and prayers for his recovery....so sad to see these beautiful babies get sick or have injuries. I hope his youth and determination will fight through all of his issues. Get well Paynter!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yet another disastrous end for a 3yo pushed past his limits. When will this sport adapt? How many horses have to be broken down to nothing? There are barely any 3yos left from the winter and spring! I love horse racing, love handicapping, but every day it gets harder to ignore what is happening to broken down thoroughbred across the country.
Richard More than 1 year ago
Wed.Sep.05.2012. I was told Bob Baffert’s Father died yesterday thou I find it very strange it would not be in the DRF’s website. I hope for Bob that this is not true. Can anybody repy back to verify if this is true or false? I have been a big fan of Bob since I started horseracing in 1997 with Silver Charm’s run for the Triple Crown.
DRFInsidePost More than 1 year ago
He died Monday. We posted a short obituary that day. http://www.drf.com/news/bill-baffert-sr-dies-father-bob-baffert
Richard More than 1 year ago
Thank you so much for replying back to me! My condolences to Bob and the whole Baffert family. Bob got his start working with his Father at Los Alimitos and being discovered by his buddy Mike Pegram.
Joyce Johnson Groome More than 1 year ago
Maybe they should have put the casts on sooner as a precautionary measure! They had to think he had a very high probability of contracting Laminitis!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good luck Paynter!! I know you have an uphill battle ahead of you. And, if the inevitable happens, Thank you. You were one hell of a race horse. One of the saddest stories since Lost in the Fog & Barbaro. It's absolutely heartbreaking to hear this news. Keep praying everyone, for Paynter & if he is in discomfort, for the owners to let him go. It would be more crushing to even think he may be suffering.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Paynter and his family are still fighting. There's an updated article in drf news. He appears to be stable, all things considered. Bless them all.
Jon More than 1 year ago
Good news.....now lets hope for the best.
Steph Reed More than 1 year ago
This is so sad. Poor horse is only 3 y.o.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
It sounds as if Mr. Zayat is preparing us for what now seems inevitable, putting Paynter down. So sad. Will pray for a miracle, as it looks like only a miracle will be enough.
Jon More than 1 year ago
Zayats son's last tweet was positive, they brought in another vet who placed casts on his feet & Paynter willingly allowed that plus apatite has improved & his dirrhea is improving.
Mike More than 1 year ago
Hope DRF or some racing authority will demand the release of this horse's Vet records so we can see what made him sick - He ran out of his skin in the Haskell - I own horses and I question every bill - The Vet's are very evasive and blame it on the trainer.