10/08/2012 3:50PM

Paynter holding his own in recovery after surgery

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Haskell winner Paynter continued to hold his own Sunday, four days after undergoing surgery to remove a 35-centimeter abscessed area from his cecum, according to tweets by owner Ahmed Zayat.

The 3-year-old Awesome Again colt remains at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center veterinary hospital.

“Paynter continues to enjoy a good recovery, according to Dr. [Louise] Southwood,” Zayat said on his Twitter account Sunday. “He had a ‘phenomenal’ day yesterday, eating, happy, healthy, finally took a deep sleep like a little foal. . . . Today he continues to enjoy good health, while a little quiet in the very early morning, he perked up big time while grazing towards noon time, all in all we are happy. Not declaring victory yet, not out of the woods yet.”

Paynter has been hospitalized since Aug. 26, when he was admitted to Upstate Equine Medical Clinic in Schuylerville, N.Y. Veterinarians diagnosed him with colitis, an intestinal inflammation, and later identified the abscess via ultrasound. The colt began to show early signs of laminitis during his initial treatment, but his veterinary team was able to halt the sometimes fatal hoof disease. He shipped to New Bolton for the surgery Oct. 1.