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Paynter has first workout since recovery
By Jay Privman
In his first workout since taking seriously ill last summer, Paynter went three furlongs in 36 seconds on Tuesday morning at Santa Anita for trainer Bob Baffert.
“He went nice, very nice,” Baffert said. “He’s training great. He looks great.”
Paynter, who finished second in last year’s Belmont Stakes, has not raced since winning the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth last summer. He became so ill immediately after that race that he had to be sent to a veterinary clinic in New Jersey. After recovering there, he went to Belmont Park and then Saratoga, but became sick again and subsequently spent time in two more clinics on the East Coast and fought off laminitis before regaining his health.
Owned by Ahmed Zayat, Paynter returned to Baffert’s Santa Anita barn in late December. He started jogging in early January before progressing to daily gallops.
Baffert on Tuesday called Paynter’s comeback “a miraculous recovery.”
“I don’t see any effects from the illness,” he said.
Baffert said was hoping to get Paynter on a “six- or seven-day work schedule,” but said any firm plans on a return race were well in the future.
Paynter’s recovery was voted the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Moment of the Year for 2012.
Welcome back Paynter to the smells of of the dirt track.
Good deal...nice horse..good luck.
It is very heartwarming to see Paynter on the list of those who have worked out! There have been cases where horses had serious illnesses and came back, but, it took a great deal of time: Seattle Slew nearly died the January of his 4th year and was off for several months. Ran in a couple of allowances and then hit the big time once again, garnering Older Horse honors, beating that year's TC winner, Affirmed, ran an historic race in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, although he lost it brought a new level of respect. What is truly amazing is that his connections brought him back in his 4th year at all!!! Today, he would have retired to stud and that would have been the end of it. Then there was Invisible Ink who ran second to Monarchos in the 2001 KY Derby. He nearly died in his juvenile year, was at one point all but recognizable he was so ill, yet, he bounced back to start in the 2001 KY Derby and the horse that won the race had to match Secretariat's record to beat Inky. So, it is not unprecedented for Paynter to have a shot to make his mark, and after all that he went through, he and his connections deserve a salute and all the support we can give them. Power Up, Paynter!
Its really great for this sport to have a down and out colt return to the races...people can relate.... I CAN! I truelly am pulling for Paynter. Besides being a great positive for a limping business, IT WOULD BE AWESOME JUST FOR THE HORSE. True that I can be a HUGE SKEPTIC but I always route for an underdog.
Great news...such magnificent creatures.
Hi! So happy to see that Paynter has returned to his first workout. I am so grateful that his owner and the vets and others involved in his care while he was seriously ill loved him enough to see that he got the best of care. This is what most fans want to see; we love these horses as much as the owners do. Reading stories of horses that have been abandoned and neglected is not good for the horse racing industry. It turns people off for the most part. Thank you!
he will without a doubt be fav in classic if all goes well..and prob horse of the year
I feel bad for the connections of this wonderful horse. Seriously. The reason is that the "fans" ruin the sport for themselves, and for horse owners. The Zayats and Baffert can't win. They retire the horse. People will say they didn't give the horse a chance. They have the horse back in training, what am I seeing here? The horse should not run. Maybe he won't return to form. Here is a story that people should get behind, but all fans can do is complain. I hope that Paynter's comeback is a success. If not, at least he was given a shot.
It will be pretty much miraculous if he returns at the top of his game, but here's hoping for a miracle. Don't think he was a great horse, but he was a good one with a lot of potential. This has been an unusual journey to put it mildly. It would be great for the sport if he were somehow able to do big things.
so if he is not going to retire and be a stud. why not geld him and take some of girth off of him ? he would carry a lighter load.
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