10/04/2012 10:48PM

Veterinarians pleased with Paynter’s progress after surgery

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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.

Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
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".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i can explain it to u but i choose not to tee hee!
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
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
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
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 !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ohhhhhhhh painter, ur such a trooper and u know what? i understand why ur so annoyed. people keep making all these warm and fuzzy feelings towards u but i know ur determined to get better all the same.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
You need to get a life. You obviously have not else much to do if all you can do is peruse this website and post juvenile offerings to compassionate individuals, which you have proved several times over that you are not. Oh, and by the way, you are NOT funny nor a comedian! I know you think you are, but you aren't.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love u joy no matter how u make me feel when im tryin to say nice stuff all u wanna think about is bad stuff jeeezzzz cant anyone have a nice comment besides u? u might be a bit paranoid joy!
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Joy, I think this particular 'anonymous' is poniespayme. As you stated, it's the same juvenile style of commenting; he/she is trolling, IMO.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
joy i think this blah blah blah is in the Gr1 juvenile cause heshe is trolling. tee hee!
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Totally agree with you, Susan. Paynter is a real trooper. It's simply amazing what he has combatted and won against in battling these illnesses.
Guy More than 1 year ago
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.....
lovethoseknicks More than 1 year ago
So what you are saying is that because society lacks the resources to take care of all horses (or even humans for that matter) this well we shouldn't applaud the efforts and financial commitment of this owner for taking care of one of his horses he obviously loves? IMO, that's an idiotic attitude. Yes, it would be great if all owners could afford to do this for all their horses, but one is better than none.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Romeo Jason...
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
BEST CLAIMER ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
I was there in 1979 when he didnt finish at Atlantic City race course. People just stood at the rail and watched, as an old $3500 claimer was led off. I still remember the applause, as loud as when Secretariat won the Belmont. Don't anyone think it wasn't as loud or heartfelt. I also remember, as clear as day when I cashed a big bet (for me at the time - $50 exacta) when a horse named Hot Steal beat Romeo at the wire by a long nose. Someone like you, Chad has the right to complain about racing whenever you want. This was one the horses Burton Sipp took good care of. Later on in life, Sipp went on to kill many horses for insurance fraud and be put out of racing for years, only to be back now. We know AND understand what racing is about.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
He's at Thistle and was a killer before those days. As I recall, it was Terry Baddely who treated that bow and brought Jason back. I can't recall Sipp taking good care of any horse.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
I know how you feel. It's difficult to understand why any horse would not be treated the same. They are all magnificent creatures who deserve more respect than they usually get. Somehow, Paynter got his own fan club due to illness more than racing; he was pretty amazing at Belmont though, and deserved his Haskell win, yeah?
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
Come on Guy, your comments are sounding more like Women. Maybe you should get more involved in another sport that doesn't make you so negative and bitter.
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
RIGHT ON, GUY. These people just need something in their life. you can tell the comments are less than true. (JOY) Or, should i say, killjoy???
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Killjoy - Oh, I see! You're talking about yourself!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
boy!...........joy sure gets mad when someone has a different opinion than hers!
Derby Deals More than 1 year ago
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
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
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"
unmarx1 More than 1 year ago
Congratulations. out of 20 million nasty , arrogant , young guys on the internet , you are surely in the top 100. keep it up and you can become # 1.
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
Get a life. I support this business MORE than all of you combined. I wager $100,000's a year. THAT POST WAS PATHETICLY WRITTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! notic ehte number of exclamation points. You didn't see DRF moderate it, did you?
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Hubris much. Notice no exclamation points.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Look who is calling someone else a weirdo. That's the pot calling the kettle black! - LOL. Truly!
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
Pray for me, loser!!!!!!!!
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Look whose calling whom a loser! - LOL. Once again, that's the pot trying to call the kettle black! - LMAO.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
whoever said the kettle had to be black joy? sounds like maybe some racial overtones!
laura ban More than 1 year ago
I always wanted to know the answer to this question - it has been asked in the past by others in this blog of people who, like yourself are so full of contempt for people like us who blog about Paynter and other subjects you have refered to as Hokey. and other such words. ...... Why do you bother with people like us if you find us to be so irritating? Truly, I'm not being snarky or a smart mouth. Just wondering why all the venom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
because us commoners have nothing better to do than try to get a rise out of "people like us". plus its funny!! tee hee!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
you forgot one ponies............."BEYOND ENTERTAINING"...........LOL.......WTF.... LOL
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Hey! Didn't you get enough attention on the other board, jerk!
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
I only post here. Read my reply to my WHY i wrote what I did and make a contribution instead of noise. Most real causes are runined by idiots like you
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
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!!
laura ban More than 1 year ago
Joy, lovely, heartfelt thoughts! Don't ever change.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YEAH WHOOOOOO!!!! our big boy is doing so good and we are so proud of him!! words cant explain how warm and fuzzy i personally feel inside right now!!! its like im so beyond happy i cant stand it!! painter, the next time i see u im gonna give u a nice big carrot and a kiss!! soon ull be at optimum health and u can start thinking about all the nice mares u will have at ur own pleasure, good job u big horsey u!! XOXOXO
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Juvenile, rather pathetic and not in the least bit funny. Sad.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Thank you, Laura. I say the same to you, please, don't ever change. You are a lovely. compassionate person.
laura ban More than 1 year ago
Hiya Joy! .... People like that don't really bother me, I'm just curious as to why somebody would take the time to go out of their way to be rude, call other people names and just be generally unpleasant. Don't let them get to as well, keep posting your thoughts and good will for Paynter. They are truly inspiring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
hiya joy......lol.........im curious and generally unpleasant cause my panties are always in a bunch..lol.....anyway, keep up the good thoughts, there so inspiring, and dont forget warm and fuzzy as well tee hee!
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Joy, You go girl! Without a doubt you post the most uplifting responses re: Paynter. I would want you in my corner in a similar circumstance.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Joy, May I suggest you go on the Zayat Stables website and post your super positive thoughts there. Just an idea....
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Good on you Paynter, keep it goin'. I hope Bafert never gets his hands on you again.
Vegas Guy More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Bob Baffert, and not recalling any stories of him doping/injuring his horses, can you elaborate as to why you hold this position towards him (Baffert)? If I am unaware of Baffert harming animals or being a dirty trainer, I would like to learn more. thank you.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
I'll give you one example... Kafwain, DQ'd from second money in the Looziana Derby in 2003. Fed Biz is his last 3yo this year. You love him, you got him. Take Pletcher too.
Vegas Guy More than 1 year ago
Chad, I never said I loved him. I just am trying to learn more about him. I have not read of him being suspended or harming animals, so I wanted to hear what you had to say. I appreciate your input. Again, I am just trying to learn. Thanks.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
A lot of bob's horses "deflate" after leaving his care. Some of Paynters original symptoms in July relate to a malfunctioning spleen. High red blood cell, high bacteria in blood. World doping agency studies. Valid points. But bad grain could have made THIS COLT ill. Both theories are plausible..20 yrs on track n equine science degree in my corner.
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
It is in their minds. Idiots!
anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's obvious that New Bolten has the best vets by far. The other clinics seemed subpar.
Colette More than 1 year ago
Anonymous, that is not fair. The equine hospital, up near Saratoga, NY, was who diagnosed the abscess & knowing they did not have the surgeons required, suggested sending Paynter to Bolton for surgery. Paynter's doctors in upstate NY quite literally saved his life. Being a critical care nurse for over 25 yrs, I know all that was involved in saving Paynter's life. All that happened to Paynter can & has happened to human patients, too. I know & have experienced the battle involved, as multiple systems / organs start to fail. I wish I could convey, in words, just what it takes to slow down & turn around the downward spiral. Once DIC starts, as also happened to Paynter, the Blood Bank goes into high alert as they try to keep up with supplying all the blood products needed to slow the DIC down & to turn it around; the countless units of platlets, the fresh frozen plasma, the albumin, the cryoprecipotate. At the same time you are battling malnutrition which leads to low protein & then have a problem with fluids leaking out of the blood vessels into the tissues under the skin all over the body (generalized edema) with the fluids leaking out thru the skin. Also, at the same time, you are battling sepsis (infection that gets into the bloodstream that then causes all the major organs to fail (multiple organ failure). When one is critically ill, it never remains as just one illness. It very quickly becomes an all out race against time. A critical illness becomes like a domino effect & you are fighting several battles all at the same time. Many times you find yourself thinking you are losing the battle & when DIC starts, you very often do lose the battle. When one is critically ill & then develop DIC, the mortality rate goes way up. I have seen many patients die as a result of the complication of the onset of DIC that could not be turned around. Paynter would not be alive today if not for the doctors in Scyleville. Abscesses, such as what Paynter developed, is a fairly common occurance as a result of a severe case of colitis. As I said, a critical illness almost never remains just one illness. ColetteMarie
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Who are you?
anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who are you?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
My name is right there in print each time I make a comment. Now aonymass... clinics are just that. New Bolton Center is part of U of P and is one of the absolute best in the World.
anonymous More than 1 year ago
I said New Bolton was the best in my original comment. And knowing someone's name doesn't mean you know them. To me these comments are for blowing off steam, not winning fairness contests.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
In all fairness, Dr Laura had specialists in on consults and Paynter beat the laminitis before it got out of hand. I can't say what happened immediately after the Haskell. He's been sick a long time and perhaps was initially misdiagnosed.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
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.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
P.s. There were also reports of Paynter being pointed towards Travers or Penn Derby.. With pneumonia?
Robert Smith More than 1 year ago
At least you can admit to being wrong. I also pointed out too horse cent that it was possibly 5th hand info. Thats not great info for a definitive. Anywho you put some good advice in that post!
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
I still firmly believe that accidents like this can be better avoided with eithe less horses or more horseman under the shedrow. Most I have overseen as assistant here in Ny is around 50. And I get amsomnia thinkin of this detail or if I forgot something. More hands n opinions better for the horses.
laura ban More than 1 year ago
I liked the fact that you were fired up about the health and welfare of a horse and said what was on your mind. You also owned up to the facts you were wrong about, everybody makes mistakes, not everybody can admit to them. I'm happy to hear Paynter is doing well post - op. He isn't out of the woods yet but he's getting there due to the team efforts of everybody involved. Great news that he's demanding food! I love the spirit of this horse, he never quit!
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
The best to Paynter and hope he comes back to full health. The whole thing however still has a stink about it. All the information came from Baffert, the Zayats, and a little from the vet, not fifth hand. The day after the Haskel, Zayat said he came out of the race unreal: bucking and kicking. The next day he had a low grade temp of 102 which lasted all of two hours. It was on this day he shipped to the NJ medical center. He was given fluids and antibiotics. The vet said he's doing fine and acts like he didn't even run. He was put back in training about 10 days later. It was not until about a month later and after he got colitis that Zayat said he went to the NJ medical center "fearing" he had pneumonia. Never said he had it and it was never confirmed. He also said at that time that he in fact did have a high red blood count. Pneuomonia is viral, and not treated with antibiotics which is for bacterial infections. Hard to understand how a horse runs a 108 beyer, acts like he didn't even run, and within 2 days find out he had pneumonia? I don't believe he did, and if he did then you think fluids and antibiotics took care of it and put him back in training? You can use these facts and form your own opinion, but It doesn't stack up or make sense, and doesn't matter which side of the coin you look at. It's bad either way.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
One additional note. The second to last paragraph was taken as is from an article written weeks ago. And, the horse was never returned to Baffert for training, he hasn't seen the horse since about 5 days prior to the Haskel.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
That stink will never go away
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Thomas, your main concern was always for the welfare of Paynter, and you have pulled for Paynter's recovery from the get-go. We all knew that. I admire you have apologized when you felt you had been mistaken. Most people do not even admit to making a mistake, let alone take it a step further and apologize. People with strong character take that second step. Paynter is a brave, incredibly strong horse. He has weathered a lot with good-naturedness and dignity. He does, indeed, deserve at least a week at a spa! - LOL. He's been through a lot. Have a great day, Thomas.
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
Don't include baffert when you say great job it's his fault he's in this mess,and he's 3000 miles away. praise the vets first and foremost.
Vegas Guy More than 1 year ago
Can you elaborate? I do not recall ever reading about Bob Baffert being a dirty trainer or harming his horses. Thank you.
anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's not DRF, it's the vets and the owners. They panicked. And the owner tried to start his own news service by tweeting, and the vets made no direct statements. A travesty.