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Updated on 08/11/2012 10:18AM
Paynter went to medical clinic; status for Travers in jeopardy
By Jay Privman
DEL MAR, Calif. – Paynter, who became ill within 48 hours of his powerful victory in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 29, left that track July 31 bound for the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, N.J., according to the required paperwork filed in the Monmouth Park stall office when he left the premises, an employee of the stall office said Wednesday.
The Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center is located approximately 60 miles west of Monmouth Park. According to the center’s website, one of the services offered is internal medicine.
The current condition of Paynter, and his whereabouts, have been difficult to ascertain in recent days, because his connections have refused to disclose detailed information.
On Tuesday, in response to inquiries regarding Paynter to both Justin Zayat and owner Ahmed Zayat, Justin Zayat, who works closely with his father, Ahmed, said on Twitter that Paynter “is not dying or retiring.” Justin Zayat also said Paynter “is healthy and sound” and added that the colt would be “training at Belmont this weekend,” but would not divulge his current whereabouts.
Bob Baffert, who trains Paynter, on Tuesday referred all inquiries to the Zayats, but joked that Paynter was “at a spa in New Jersey, getting his nails done.”
Tuesday evening, Justin Zayat posted a picture of his father riding a horse on a merry-go-round at Disneyland with the caption, “I found paynter!!!!!!!”
Paynter originally was scheduled to fly back to California on July 31 to train at Del Mar in preparation for the Travers Stakes. But after taking ill, he stayed on the East Coast. In the immediate aftermath of that news, Baffert said, and the Zayats posted on Twitter, that Paynter would head to Saratoga the following weekend to prepare for the Travers. But Baffert added that if Paynter did not make the Travers, the Pennsylvania Derby – like the Travers a $1 million race – Sept. 22 at Parx Racing would be the backup plan.
Last weekend came and went without Paynter heading to Saratoga.
Tonja Terranova, the wife of trainer John Terranova, often oversees Baffert’s horses when they are on the East Coast. She is at Belmont Park this summer, which is where Justin Zayat said Paynter was headed this weekend.
Baffert on Wednesday afternoon on Twitter said Paynter would be “released from Spa Friday.”
Regardless, Paynter apparently has not done any serious training since the Haskell and was sick enough to go to a medical clinic, and the Travers is now a little more than two weeks away, so that race is obviously in jeopardy.
Tons of talent--Haskell was SOOOOOOOO easy. BC Classic should be the end goal in California.
So, after Paynter works out, will all you MEN" (excuse me ladies) fees up to all your accusations, inuendo and crying? The horse will work out today or tomorrow. Most likely tomorrow and then run. Can you say "R&R"???
Where ever he is, it sounds like he is NOT training...
MY RACING BROTHERS...you want know who should be in jail. You want know the biggest shill in horse racing. Download the Gizzards, eh I'm the Wizards free selections for today at saratoga today. Why does Bris, DRF and others carry this crap. The gizzard couldn't make a living at the track, that is why he peddles this crap. This is NOT just a bad day, I have other send me the results and his guys sucks. His profitable days are few and far between. They gave this away free today, and if followed the gizzard you lost your *ss
good article by steve haskin talking with A.Zayat on Paynter situation.may be a lot less serious than thought. Paynter was left with only a groom at Monmouth not asst trainer barnes ,who had gone back to Ca. P. moved to clinic as precaution. One minute video on new J.Zayat tweet, showing Paynter being walked at clinic and kicking his heels up twice. doesn't prove anything,but nice to see.
A. Zayat just tweeted...."never heard of unmarx"
This is why we need federalization of racing with one set of rules for all states.what paynter is doing is basically jurisdiction shopping if they get tough on testing in new York he will go to Pennsylvania instead.it sends the message to the racing officials that if you want the big name horse in your race don't pre test don't keep tight surveillance .but let's not forget that maybe without the meds the horse might not have the reputation.
J.Zayat just twweted, 'Paynter healthy and happy yesterday. Arrives at Belmont tomorrow at 11:00. maybe the start of more open info for fans of Paynter and Bode.
I agree with John Capper's post. How can any of us presume to know the entire facts?
So when does The Equine Medical Center release their report - diagnosis, results from bloodwork, treatment, prognosis - You know, all the minor items.
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