Paynter 'Walking Comfortably,' Bloodwork OK

Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Paynter, who was diagnosed with laminitis Sept. 4, was "walking comfortably" Sept. 5, and his bloodwork came back normal, the Zayat family said.

Paynter, owned by Zayat Stables, was sent to a clinic the week of Aug. 26 after he spiked a fever and suffered from diarrhea. His condition worsened after he developed an infection, and Sept. 3 the Zayat family said the next 24 hours would be critical.
 
According to their reports on Twitter, Paynter, a 3-year-old by Awesome Again  , had normal bowel movements Sept. 5 despite some discomfort. The Zayats said discomfort "is not uncommon in horses with colitis as the diarrhea resolves."
 
Paynter also had an "intermittent low-grade fever" and "continues to be treated aggressively," the Zayats said.
 
Paynter, bred in Kentucky by Diamond A Racing Corp., is out of the Cee's Tizzy mare Tizso. He has three wins and two seconds from six starts, with earnings of $952,224.
 
Prior to the Haskell, Paynter, trained by Bob Baffert, finished second by a neck to Union Rags after showing the way in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

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