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
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.