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Veterinarians pleased with Paynter’s progress after surgery
New Bolton Center veterinarians treating Haskell winner Paynter are pleased with the colt’s progress after surgery Wednesday morning to remove a 35-centimeter area of his cecum, a pouch in the horse’s large intestine, that had become abscessed.
The abscess initially was identified by Dr. Laura Javsicas at the Upstate Equine Medical Clinic in Schuylerville, N.Y., and she referred Paynter to surgeon Dr. Louise Southwood at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.
“The decision to take Paynter to surgery was not made lightly, but the surgery went well,” Southwood said in a New Bolton Center-produced press release that the colt’s owner, Ahmed Zayat, issued late Thursday night. “He recovered like a typical 3-year-old Thoroughbred colt . . . anxious to get up quickly! While there are still complications that can develop, we are happy with his progress at this point.”
Veterinary staff have discontinued Paynter’s intravenous fluids and also removed one of his intravenous catheters, and he is showing what the New Bolton release termed “good appetite.”
“He is constantly trying to get his veterinarians and nurses to give him more food,” Southwood said. “He is getting quite demanding and will only let us work on him if he has something to eat in front of him. We hope to have him back on full feed by tomorrow.”
Southwood added that “everyone who has worked with him has fallen in love with him.”
During the Wednesday morning surgery, Paynter’s veterinary team resected the abscessed areas of the colt’s cecum using stapling equipment, which they said prevented contamination of the colt’s abdomen during surgery.
“The cecum was thickened, and there were at least two areas that appeared to be abscessed,” the New Bolton Center said. “The omentum [a large fold of fatty tissue that hangs down from the stomach] was adhered to the abscesses. The affected area was just to the right of his midline, making it surgically accessible.”
After removing the abscessed area of the cecum, the vets examined it closely and found that “the abscessed areas were, in fact, full thickness areas of necrosis that had been walled off or plugged by his omentum,” Southwood said.
Southwood also noted that had the fatty omentum not adhered to the abscessed areas, the colt would have had leakage from his cecum into his abdomen.
Among the potential post-surgical complications Paynter’s veterinary team will be looking out for is pneumonia, which the colt had earlier this summer while hospitalized in New Jersey. The New Bolton Center release noted that Paynter’s veterinary team includes “internists consulting on care of his respiratory tract to prevent recurrence of his pneumonia, which can be a concern with general anesthesia. New Bolton Center’s farrier consults on his feet and is in communication with the farrier who was initially managing the horse’s laminitis.”
Paynter also has a round-the-clock nursing staff caring for him, according to the release.
Paynter was diagnosed this summer with life-threatening colitis and at one point showed the early signs of laminitis, from which he appears to have recovered.
Paynter first showed signs of illness two days after his July 29 Haskell victory, when he shipped to New Jersey’s Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center with what his connections then believed to be pneumonia. He developed diarrhea, but then improved and returned to light training with Bob Baffert two weeks later. He shipped to the Upstate Equine Medical Clinic in Schuylerville, N.Y., on Aug. 26 with a fever and diarrhea. He later showed early signs of laminitis in three legs, but he recovered from that with aggressive treatment.
Paynter relocated to the New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania on Monday for the surgery, which took place the same day that the colt’s Haskell trophy arrived at the Zayat Stables office in New Jersey, according to Zayat’s son Justin, who also is Zayat’s racing and bloodstock manager.
Can someone please explain WHY it is Bob Bafferts fault that this horse is ill? Did he intentionally do this. Let's look at the facts. (besides the fact that EVERY Trainer in the game tried to get their horse fast, quicker when they are too young) The horse ran the race of his life in the Haskell Stakes. So, all you genius's think this horse was runined before THAT race and is the greatest horse who ever lived. You certainly do no put in the effort Paynter did if ill, do you. I would like JOY to answer this question, as she seems to know everything....... How does Baffert train a horse to run soooooo good and yet be blamed by all you whiners for runing the horse. The horse was obviously in tip top shape when he ran. Sh** happens. The horse might have exerted himself so hard that his system got weak. Who knows. maybe the horse was getting ill and obviously didn't show any signs if he ran like he did. SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW IT IS BAFFERTS FAULT THAT PAYNTER IS SICK!! Because he hid the truth to keep the breeding money strong for retirement? If that is all Bob did, I for one applaude him. Agter all..... Had he told you guys the truth about being sick right after he found out, this sh**storm would have developed faster. CLUELESS people who are HURTING this sport with your constant whining and finger-pointing. Go call the trainers of the 3 horses i saw ease yesterday at the track and give them crap. What's the matter? Can;t get your name in print because they were "cheap claimers". To put it in perspective, using a similar line from John Candy - "Here's a quarter. Go down to the docks and have someone gnaw that wart off your face".
So glad to hear the tremendous will to want to live Paynter is displaying. He was fast becoming a Super Star in the Sport Of Kings until illness derailed him from acheiving greatness. Continue to progress and what a wonderful owner Mr. Zayat is. Continued good health and full recovery. God Bless
Paynter, you are a real trooper! I can certainly understand why he'd be getting somewhat annoyed after what he's been through. If he wants to eat, it's a good sign. Congrats to connections and all vet staff who have pulled him through another illness. Man, that horse is determined to get better !!
When there is an article or story on a 20k Claiming horse being saved and treated the same as Paynter, then it will justify all the support for Paynter and his egomaniac owner. The hypocrisy is laughable at best. Much respect to Paynter and HIS courage and the vets and people that have cared for him.....
This colt has had a tough year. Not only am I hopeful he makes a full recovery, but it'd be great to see him make it back to the track! derbydeals.com
Yeah, yeah, yeah. We ALL know by now. Prayers and hope and drerams and love. My God, you wierdos have posted the same thing a thousand times each. WE GOT IT ALREADY>>> We hope he gets better. Now, go to the track and lose a couple hundred. As for JoyJackson: You would make a helluva tv preacher. the money would roll in with your hoaky lines!!! Lets see below: SO HAPPY MAKES MY DAY NOT SURPRISED FALLEN IN LOVE WITH HIM HIS ATTITUDE MAKES HIM LIKEABLE WAY TO GO VERY PROUD OF YOU KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK KEEP UP THE GOOD ATTITUDE MAY YOU HEAL SWIFTLY OUR PRAYERS OUR GOOD THOUGHTS WE STAND WITH YOU IN SOLIDARITY OUR THANKS WE PRAY FOR YOUR APPETITE HAVE A FABULOUS HEALING DAY TODAY I WILL BE BACK LATER TODAY AND TONIGHT TO CHECK ON YOUR PROGRESS Adj. 1. hokey - effusively or insincerely emotional; "a bathetic novel"; "maudlin expressions of sympathy"; "mushy effusiveness"; "a schmaltzy song"; "sentimental soap operas"; "slushy poetry"
I so happy Paynter is doing well after surgery. Hearing he is demanding food makes my day! I am also not surprised everyone working with Paynter has fallen in love with him. He's good-natured despite adversity, his attitude alone would make him likable. Paynter is not out of the woods yet, but he continues to take big strides forward to complete health. Way to go, Paynter! You have made us all very proud of you. Keep up the good work, buddy! Keep up your good attitude, continue to kick the tar out of that colitis. May you heal swiftly and completely from all illnesses that you have been fighting tenaciously. We continue to send you our prayers and good thoughts, and stand with you in solidarity in your fight for your wellness. Our thanks go out to all of the medical teams who have worked tirelessly and dedicatedly to help you get back to optimum health. And we pray your appetite continues to strengthen and improve. Have a fabulous healing day today, Paynter. I will be back later tonight and again tomorrow morning to check in on your improvement and progress. Remember, we are all with you battling this challenge. Go, Paynter, go!!
Good on you Paynter, keep it goin'. I hope Bafert never gets his hands on you again.
It's obvious that New Bolten has the best vets by far. The other clinics seemed subpar.
Hoping Paynter gets well. He deserves an award. To Bob and stable, owners, and family as well as all vets. Great job. To DRF. With respect to the integrity of your articles. Next time a horses connections say their horse is ill please get your facts straight before you type. First you reported high red blood cell count and dehydration. Then Paynter ate sour grain. That started the colitis. Then after he left Jersey clinic you started saying pneumonia treatments with antibiotics caused colitis which Doc Cheney diagnosed at Saratoga. Sour grain would cause an abscess of bacteria in his cecum. And cause colitis. So why all the varying stories since The Haskell victory in July? Opened up a bad can of worms lead by myself because of the high red blood cell count, high bacteria in blood. To me those are also symptoms of a malfunctioning spleen. Wish Paynter the best. My apologies to all Bafferts supporters. Paynter deserves a day at a spa.