09/06/2012 12:52PM

Paynter holding steady in recovery on Thursday


Paynter, the hospitalized winner of the 2012 Haskell, appeared to be holding steady Thursday as he continues treatment for colitis and its complication, laminitis.

Ahmed Zayat, the 3-year-old Awesome Again colt’s owner, tweeted Thursday morning that “Paynter was comfortable overnight and has been eating well. He continues to pass soft formed manure. He is walking very comfortably in the stall. He continues to have low protein levels but his edema has improved dramatically.”

Paynter has been at the Upstate Equine Medical Center in Schuylerville, N.Y., since Aug. 26. He initially was hospitalized for the colitis but showed signs of laminitis in three legs earlier this week, prompting veterinarians to fit him with casts to support his feet.

“On a personal basis, I’ve heard from numerous people that it is impossible to beat laminitis particularly while fighting colitis!” Zayat tweeted. “It’s a lethal combination but I have hope because I know that Paynter is special and will get through this.”

Leonard Martinez More than 1 year ago
Good to hear Paynter starting to show signs of recovery, many are pulling for you. My thoughts and prayers go out to Paynter and the Zayats and all the wonderful caretakers.
Vinod Jhangimal More than 1 year ago
My heart and prayers go out to Paynter, blessings to his team of selfless vets, specially to Dr Laura. I was moved to tears when Mr. Zayat posted that Dr. Laura cries so often while trying to protect Paynter from that rash of illnesses that have befallen him. To the Zayat family, I wish you the most positive of vibes and thank you so much for keeping us informed of this courageous colt's condition. All of you have done so much to save this family treasure, this gift to the racing world that the only thing I can say to all of you is: thank you and may the Almighty bless you all. C´mon Paynter, you still have much to do. Your time to depart hasn´t come yet.
Nancy Buckley More than 1 year ago
It most certainly not impossible to beat laminitis... I have pulled several through it..It is a lot of work and I have lot more than I have saved,,but the saved ones make it worth it!!
Nancy Buckley More than 1 year ago
lost more
. More than 1 year ago
Union Rags would have littered up the track with Paynter had they raced!
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Another cheap shot from a no-namer. These are two nice Colts who were injured/taken ill and you don't have the right to speak your trash about either. Find a set and sign your name...
Judith Donlan More than 1 year ago
How insensitive to have made a comment like that. If the "no name" had any comprehension with regard to equine health managment or a shred of caring for equines he/she would never have entertained that thought! These are the people racing does not need to represent "fans" of the sport. Thanks Chad for your positive comments.
j y More than 1 year ago
i get a kick out of people who make comments and have no clue what they are talking about hey no namer take a look back to the belmont race you know the one that is the last leg of the triple crown both union rags and paynter were in that race union rags won by a half a head i wouldn't exactly call that littering up the track
Margaret Clemente More than 1 year ago
Thank you for the update. Paynter, his caretakers and your family will continue to be in my prayers.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
No more diarrhea is great news. Shows his digestive track returning to normal... You have to commend everyone from Dr. Cheney to Dr. Laura and the staff there as well as Dr. Flaney and the Zayats... Faith, hope and love goes a long way.
Ross Thomson More than 1 year ago
Mr Zayat sure has changed the way he handles his business. He never tweeted daily when he owed Fifth Third Bancorp 34 million.
Five More than 1 year ago
Ross T., read the blogs of the older story, "Paynter makes slow progress........." and get other takes on this.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
More good news. Great to hear! We are praying for you, Paynter. Keep on being courageous, strong and brave. Keep fighting, you can win this challenge. We are praying that your protein levels rise today and you continue to improve in all of the other areas you have shown improvement in. Go, Paynter, go! And there is no such thing as "impossible". Every important breakthrough is considered "impossible" until it actually does happen, then it becomes "possible". Continue to have faith, Mr. Zayat. Paynter is a warrior. He can do this. Stand strong with him.
Joyce Johnson Groome More than 1 year ago
Hopefully this news stays positive! I'm afraid, everyday, to read the updates! Saw him at Monmouth Park in the paddock! Such a sweet looking horse! Keep eating Paynter, it will build up your strength and get lots of rest! If I were a horse,(other than the Jackson's) I think I would want Mr.Zayat as my owner!
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Overcoming adversity is the word of the day. Positive updates are music to the ears and sunlight to the eyes. We are focusing on a healing Paynter.