Updated on 08/11/2012 10:18AM

Paynter went to medical clinic; status for Travers in jeopardy

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Nikki Sherman
Paynter was sent to the Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, N.J., after his Haskell victory.

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.

Lucifer More than 1 year ago
Tons of talent--Haskell was SOOOOOOOO easy. BC Classic should be the end goal in California.
JOHN CAPPER More than 1 year ago
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"???
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
I'll fess up now, no fees necessary. Paynter will not work out today or tomorrow. He will not run in the Travers. He is not sick. Similar situation as Bode who was knocked out after his race and spiked a temp two days after the race. They quickly announced he would not make his next race about a month later. One reason was the anitbiotics that would not clear his system by race time. Really? He has not as yet made it back to the track to train. The only Spa, as Baffert referred to it, that Paynter will see is the one he just left. I'll bet while he was there they drew blood for more reasons than one. Now when Paynter doesn't work today or tomorrow and doesn't run in the Travers, or does but fails to beat a field he should apparently crush, then will you fess up? Open your eyes, you're not using any horse sense.
JOHN CAPPER More than 1 year ago
Horse sense? I've been beating the horses for over 20 tears. I do what I want, when I want. I was there to see Paynter take a gallop on Sunday. Do you think that they tell everything that goes on? Why do you have to be so negative when you have no idea what goes on at the track? As for the Travers. Easy money. You should feel like a hypocrite when you put your $2 across the board on him and then race home to tell everyone that you had the winner after the Travers. As for me, i will be in CLUBHOUSE SECTION K, Row H, watching another great horse win the next to last race of his life and retire too early.
JOHN CAPPER More than 1 year ago
I read the guy's comment who left because everyone here were such downers and had no positive input. I can surely see why he left. Positive thinking leads to positiive actions, which lead to positive days at the track. I'm positive.
Steve More than 1 year ago
until he's in the starting gate, nobody needs to fess up to anything
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Perhaps Baffertt?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
It's now Saturday morning, so how did he go---
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
It's now Sunday morning... How did he go?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
It's now Monday morning. Did he go 1/2 or 5/8s.
JOHN CAPPER More than 1 year ago
hEHe galloped SUNDAY, you moron. I was there. But, you know it all, huh? WEATHER cost him a day.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
And you crapper, got caught in your own lie which places you several cuts below 'moron' on any scale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where ever he is, it sounds like he is NOT training...
Two400 More than 1 year ago
Do you mean Bodemeister?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Bode has not appeared on the worktab since 8 July. Now with Paynter ailing it looks like Baffertt does not make Travers.
James More than 1 year ago
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
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
You believe that b.s. Paynter was 1st reported to have a fever. NOBODY LEAVES A COLT WITH A GROOM AND SENDS THE ASSISTANT BACK UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES. And rarely do grooms get left alone with horses of this caliber. All this speculation now is insulting. He could have gone to Terranova's barn if that were the case. But he went to a clinic. He was sick. Needed treatment. And now it seems like these folks are backpeddling so they don't look like complete idiots. Who wants to breed to a colt who wins The Pennsylvania Derby? The Travers looks better on a resume in a breeding catalog. So they are going to lie to us all about how sick Paynter is or was and run in New York to satisfy this. Typical greed.. Sad thing is Paynter has a future right now. Keep this up and he's done.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
A. Zayat just tweeted...."never heard of unmarx"
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
big jeff, BIG LIE. Jealousy is such an ugly emotion. why always negative,jeff ?
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
I tweeted A,Zayat with some info, he tweeted me back. it's not complicated or unusual, at all. he tweets all the time.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
It was simple humorous sarcasm. Take a deep breath. Sorry if you didn't get the joke. I'm sure others did.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
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.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Also if he's thinking of racing at Saratoga why is he training at Belmont.we can only speculate.
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
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.
Vikki Tucker More than 1 year ago
I agree with John Capper's post. How can any of us presume to know the entire facts?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
So when does The Equine Medical Center release their report - diagnosis, results from bloodwork, treatment, prognosis - You know, all the minor items.
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
r u sure they r required to release it ?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I did not say that but turfwriters should be all over this story, mebbe with a stakeout on the joint.