09/03/2012 5:51PM

Saratoga: Paynter has further complications

Barbara D. Livingston
Paynter’s nutrition is being hampered by blood clotting.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Two new issues have developed regarding the condition of Grade 1 Haskell winner Paynter, who now has an infection and blood clotting, according to owner Ahmed Zayat.

Zayat said late Monday afternoon that doctors at the Upstate Equine Medical Clinic in Schuylerville, N.Y., told him that Paynter developed an infection in the area where he had a catheter inserted to feed him and give him his medication. Further, he has developed some blood clotting, which Zayat said has resulted in the colt not getting enough nutrients.

Zayat said that Dr. Laura Javsicas had a difficult time finding a new vein into which to put the catheter.

"It's a little discomforting because it could involve suffering and pain and I have zero tolerance for pain," Zayat said. "I'm wrestling with all different things. At some point you have to wonder what the effect is on the horse."

Paynter has been in the Upstate Medical Clinic since Aug. 26 with colitis _ an inflammation of the colon. The colt had a high fever and diarrhea. He had been making some progress until this recent setback.

Zayat said his primary concern is that Paynter doesn't suffer.

"I have to be careful. I want my horse to fight this," Zayat said. "I want to help him."

Paytner, who finished second in the Belmont Stakes, won the Haskell on July 29, but was sent to a New Jersey veterinary center with an illness that was believed to be pneumonia. He was returned to light training at Belmont and then Saratoga before being sent to this second medical center.