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Updated on 09/24/2012 2:41PM
Zayat: Paynter has improved significantly
By Matt Hegarty
Paynter, the winner of this year’s Haskell Invitational Stakes at Monmouth Park in New Jersey, has displayed no signs of developing laminitis and is showing significant improvement in overcoming a severe case of colitis, according to the 3-year-old colt’s owner, Ahmed Zayat.
Zayat provided details of a veterinary report on Paynter through his Twitter account on Friday, including the results of X-rays that showed “significant sole growth” in the areas that were thought to be in danger of the onset of laminitis. Zayat also said in the tweets that the horse is “sound” and that doctors are “optimistic that his feet will not be performance limiting.”
In a phone interview, Zayat said that the horse continues to be treated for a stubborn case of colitis that has see-sawed in severity over the past month. However, as of Friday afternoon, Paynter had no fever and was “happy and comfortable,” Zayat said.
Paynter is still being treated for colitis and has been fitted with special foam boots that are meant to prevent the onset of laminitis, a highly serious disease affecting a horse’s ability to place weight on its feet.
“We caught it at the onset,” Zayat said. “He had not really gotten full-blown laminitis. He never had any rotation or sinking [of the coffin bone], so he never really had it.”
The improvement in Paynter’s condition could mean that the horse is closer to returning to training. The colt was admitted to an equine medical center in late August after developing a fever and being diagnosed with colitis, a digestive ailment.
“I can’t fool myself and give myself hope that he’s out of the woods and as good as new,” Zayat said. “But the less complications he has the better chance he has to heal.”
There is good news about Paynter. Today is Sunday, September 30th. Paynter's fever has gone down in the past couple of days and, the best news of all, Paynter has gained weight! Thank goodness for that. Both are excellent signs that Paynter continues to improve and get better. He's a remarkable horse! Paynter, you are doing a fabulous job combating all of these illnesses that were challenging you. You have made us all so proud of you! Your bravery and courage knows no bounds. We continue to stand with you in solidarity, buddy. Keep up the good work! May you continue to improve in every area you have improved in. May you keep getting stronger and stronger, heal swiftly, and completely. May the fevers go away forever, as well as the colitis. May you continue to feel more and more like yourself everyday. We thank your marvelous doctors and their medical staff, as well as your owners, the Zayat family, for being dedicated to your complete recovery and being in your corner 110% of the time in this struggle. They are in our good thoughts and prayers, too. We have been in your corner as well, Paynter, and we continue to pray for you. We send you our good thoughts and our healing thoughts. Continue to be the brave warrior you are and fight your hardest to be totally well. We will continue to pray for your good health and check in on your progress each day, Paynter. Have a fabulous, restful, healing week ahead!
so...too chicken-poop to post the "hop trainer" comment, huh?
After Uncle Mo and Devil May Care, add Pletcher to that list.
No new pics of Paynter?
IF I am a newbie, here's what I take away from reading these blogs, since Paynter's illness: Zayat and family live in Spin City, to cover up something. Baffert is the same group with Drug O' and Dick D. Most owners and trainers are in it for personal gains, don't give a damn about the animals. American race horses are very fragile today due to breeding. Some races are decided before they run them. One group of bloggers mostly believe the above. The other group, blindly refuse to acknowledge, until shown hard evidence. What a state of affairs, as a newbie, I am gonna stay out before I am hooked.
So Bodemeister retires with a pinched nerve in his shoulder. The Factor retires with a front ankle problem. Richard's Kid gets sold and transferred to O'Neil. Rolling Fog out for the year with bucked shins. Paynter almost dies but hey let's race him again. That's just this year. Karma is catching up I think. Anybody defending these facts has no business in racing. You wonder why organizations like PETA lobby against us?? This is why. The so called top trainer in California has given them plenty of reasons. Now all of you who are close to Mr. Baffert can jump all over me for stating facts but it doesn't change the truth of what I just outlined. No matter how crude. You put this horse back in training it's a recipe for disaster. Right now there is oppotunity to do what's right by Paynter and maybe change some perceptions. You still have Fed Biz and Game On Dude. Still have a classy filly Executiveprivelege. Still have Carving and Rolling Fog. And you just got blessed with Juddmonte's yearlings. I follow Bob because I am a student of racing. Same reason I follow Kiarin, Shug, Graham, Romans, Mott, Pletcher, Chad Brown, Larry Jones, Sadler, Matz, Aiden O'Brien, and other greats. But they aren't in the news for ruining horses. Just do what's right for Paynter for once. Retire him. He's the one who deserves it most.
Hallelujah! So glad to hear the news. Thanks to the connections for keeping the faith and never underestimating the power of prayer and fans. Paynter, keep on keeping on....
I had suggested a blood replacement theory that I had used with a couple of horses that had foundered and had laminitis, I'm curious if they tried that method. I certainly wasn't, by any means, the source of that theory, but I know it worked in my cases.
Why do some people bash Zayat? I know he had some financial issues which were resolved but why the venom? The owner did nothing wrong. If anything Baffert deserves responsibilty for not getting the proper care for this horse originally. This horse never had the flu.
reading this blog proves that ,you can please some of the people some of the time. BUT. there are some of the people, that you cant prove, anytime. keep up the good work, mr. zayat. & good luck ,paynter. "an ole railbird"
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