- DRF Bets
- Handicapping & PPsHorsemen's ProductsReports
Access past performances
- The Wizard
- DRF Gameplan
- Quick Sheets
- DRF Picks
- Today's Racing Digest
- Key Race Report
- Positive ROI Report
- Moss Pace Figure Reports
- Debut Reports
- WE Handicapping Report
Racing and Wagering InformationTools
- DRF EasyForm PPs
- DRF Classic PDF PPs
- DRF Formulator PPs
- DRF HarnessEye PPs
- DRF Daily Harness Program PPs
- Daily Racing Program PPs
- NewsCategoriesTrack Reports
- StorePast PerformancesREPORTSPICKSHarness PPs
Paynter grazes outside, continues to show improvement
Paynter, the Grade 1 Haskell winner and Belmont Stakes runner-up, continues to show positive signs in his battle with colitis and laminitis, according to updates presented on Twitter by his owner, Ahmed Zayat.
In a series of tweets Monday afternoon, Zayat said that Paynter no longer has fever and that his blood work was normal and protein level was good.
“He is comfortable, stable and eating well,” Zayat tweeted, adding “all in all [it] looks like Paynter continues to turn the corner and [is] winning his battle with colitis.”
Paynter has spent the last two weeks at the Upstate Equine Medical Center in Schuylerville, N.Y., with what was diagnosed as colitis, an inflammation of the colon.
About a week into his stay, Paynter also was diagnosed with the often fatal hoof disease known as laminitis. Three of his feet are in casts. On Monday, X-rays were taken on Paynter’s feet, and Zayat said Paynter’s attending veterinarian, Dr. Laura Javsicas, “was extremely happy to see that there [were] no radiological changes from last week. In fact, there has been much improvement from the way his feet looked before being in the cast. So she feels very hopeful and encouraged that if we continue to have comfortable feet and we feel blessed that this courageous Paynter, not only [has] beaten colitis but he has a very good chance of beating laminitis.”
Later in the afternoon, Justin Zayat, the racing manager for his father Ahmed, tweeted that Paynter was taken outside to graze for the first time since he was taken to the Upstate Equine Medical Center on Aug. 26.
Thanks for these updates joy. I check in everyday to see if there's progress. Thanks again.
Update on Paynter as of Wednesday, September 19th: According to Paynter's doctor, Dr. Laura, and from Zayat family, Paynter has had challenges the last four days. Paynter had spiked a fever, which was high for the last three days or so. It is now back down. Colitis is healing slowly. Zayat family brought in world expert on colitis to help fight it better. Paynter is being given a cocktail of antibiotics via a catheter now, instead of orally as it was given to him before. Paynter has shown positive signs new medications are working. Paynter is still showing remarkable courage, Justin Zayat reports. The mild laminitis is showing signs of healing, Paynter's feet look good, casts still scheduled to come off later this week. Paynter's attitude has improved and is sunny now. His organs look good, his blood work looks good, he has no diarrhea and his appetite is healthy. He is grazing outside as well. So, Paynter still needs good thoughts and prayers as far as the fevers, infection and colitis are concerned. Paynter, hang in there buddy. You have done a fabulous job fighting against all of these illnesses that have come against you all at once. You are winning the battle. Continue to be brave, courageous and strong. May the new antibiotic cocktaill do you the world of good and totally knock out the infections, fever. May your colitis be completely cured. May the removal of your casts be a roaring succces and may the laminitis be completely healed. We stand in solidarity with you, Paynter. We pray for your wonderful medical team and for your owners, who have expressed that they are in this fight all the way with you. We send you our good thoughts for your excellent health and we pray for you as well. You will beat this, Paynter. Have a strong, healing day. I will check in on you again tomorrow morning. Go, Payner, go!!
Thanks, Joy. I haven't seen anything new either. So, IMO, no news is good news. God bless Paynter and his fans! Hang in there Big Guy! Sounds like Gemologist is having problems now. These poor horses!
I have returned to see if there are updates here, none so far. Hope I'm not out of line here, but here are updates on Paynter for those who would like to know how he is doing. Paynter update as of Saturday, September 15th: The Zayat family has communicated that Paynter had a fever two days ago. His fever has gone back down, it is now at 100.7 degrees. His manure is solid. The laminitis is healing. They are hoping to have Paynter's casts off by this Thursday. Paynter continues to have an upbeat mood and is still fighting hard for his recovery. Paynter is grazing outside now for longer periods of time. Fabulous news! He's healing in small steps, but small steps are really great, big huge, encouraging steps considering how much Paynter has had to overcome. Paynter, we are all still sending you healing thoughts, good thoughts, and we pray for your complete recovery. You are doing a fabulous job fighting these illnesses! Keep up the good work, buddy! Continue to heal, fight your hardest to be well again. Stay strong, courageous & brave. We stand with you in solidarity in this battle. We pray for your wonderful doctors, who have been so dedicated to you. We pray for your owners and are thankful they have been in your corner every step of the way in this fight. Have another wonderful day of recovery. May your medications and casts continue to bring you relief and healing. We send you our good thoughts and prayers. Stay strong, brave & courageous! Go, Paynter, go!!
David, It's a coupla days since an update... With hopes you'll get more good news from Upstate. Good job Paynter!!!
Paynter continues to improve. According to tweets by Justin Zayat, Paynter's fever is gone, new x-rays have been taken. There is no sign of rotation, separation or sinking of Paynter's feet. Dr. Laura and Dr. Bramlage are optimistic. Paynter has gone outside again and played a little. All fabulous, positive signs. Played a little!! Isn't that great??!! Paynter, keep up the good work, buddy. You are a warrior. Fight hard, be brave, be courageous. You are doing a great job! We all still pray for you and for your good health. We thank your wonderful medical team for their dedication to your recovery. We pray for them, as well as your owner and his family. We all love you and want to see you totally well. Our goal is a happy, healthy life for you, and we stand in solidarity with you to see that happen. Paynter, we send you our good thoughts, healing thoughts, and prayers. Continue to heal and keep up your good attitude. Will be back tomorrow morning to check on your progress. We all look forward to hearing more good news about you. Hope you have another great, positive day today. Go, Paynter, go!!
Sooo happy to read this good news! Looks like our little Paynter Fan Club is helping with prayer. I've been off the grid lately and see the same names still supporting a positive message. Keep up the good work, Paynter, and his entourage bloggers. You all rule!
We need all the good news we can get. Too bad that the public outside of horse racing don't have the opportunity to (or don't care to) latch on to this horse and his story. It's enough to boost your spirits and bring the message of hope into people's lives. Sure, you say, it's just a horse, just an animal, but from acorns mighty oaks grow. Have a super day Paynter!
Still praying for you, Paynter. From the messages of today's tweets from Mr. Zayat, it sounds as if you are doing better. Stay strong, courageous and brave. Keep up the good attitude. We stand with you in solidarity, Paynter. Keep up the good work, you're doing a great job! We pray for your marvelous medical team, and for your devoted owner and his family. I will be back tonight and tomorrow morning to check on your progress, and I know we all look forward to hearing even more great news about your progress and your health. Go, Paynter, go!
If all the triple crown horses were in good health, I still believe Paynter would've emerged as the next best horse after I'll Have Another. I still think he would've beaten him in the fall, Unfortunately the 3 yo division is decimated. Bourbon Courage and Alpha I don't believe can carry the torch for the 3 yo's going into the BC.
- 1.Posted 06/16/2013 08:05PM
- 2.Posted 06/17/2013 01:04PM
- 3.Posted 06/15/2013 01:52PM
- 4.Posted 06/17/2013 01:00PM
- 5.Posted 06/17/2013 04:52PM