Paynter could race again
"Drs. Javsicas and Fraley are optimistic that his feet will not be performance limiting, meaning that he can race again at a top-notch level.
"Now that our warrior have beaten this sick disease of laminitis if he can only beat his colitis and get his GI track back to normal. Healing will take some time but we are heading in the right direction.
"His fever is normal today. He is bright, happy and comfortable. I am on cloud nine, I will take it day by day.
"We can't claim victory yet, but the people's horse is fighting hard and he is so courageous."
Paynter has been stricken by illness since his impressive victory in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational on July 29. The Bob Baffert pupil came down with a fever a couple of days afterward, necessitating his transfer to a New Jersey clinic. Discharged after a more than weeklong stay, he resumed training at Saratoga, only to become even more seriously ill.
Exhibiting fever and diarrhea, Paynter was transported to Upstate Equine Medical Center in Schuylerville, New York, where he was diagnosed with life-threatening colitis. It was touch and go at times, but just as he turned the corner, he suffered the dreaded complication of laminitis. Once again his survival was at stake, yet Paynter fought on and has come through so far.
Dr. Laura Javsicas, whom Zayat has praised as an "angel," has been in charge of his care.
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