by Frank Angst, Thoroughbred Times
The connections of Paynter reported some positive developments for the ailing Grade 1 winner on Friday.
Battling colitis and laminitis while being treated at the Upstate Equine Medical Center in Schuylerville, New York, Paynter showed some improvement on Friday, according to Justin Zayat, son of owner Ahmed Zayat and racing manager for Zayat Stables. Zayat noted digestive improvements and comfort in his casts which have been added as a treatment for laminitis in three of his feet.
“Paynter continues to gradually improve," Justin Zayat posted on his Twitter account. "He is passing manure and eating. He remain(s) comfortable in his casts and walks freely around his stall. His fever is under control. His protein levels have stabilized.”
After finishing a close second in this year’s Belmont Stakes (G1), Paynter won the Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1). The Awesome Again colt developed a fever shortly after that race.