recovery from life-threatening battles with laminitis and colitis after
his victory in the 2012 Haskell Invitational Stakes (gr. I) at Monmouth Park was voted by fans the 2012 National Thoroughbred Racing Association Moment of the Year.
The connections of Paynter will be honored with the "NTRA Moment of the Year" award at the Eclipse Awards, presented by Daily Racing Form, The Stronach Group, and Breeders' Cup Jan. 19 at Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Paynter, a son of Awesome Again owned by Zayat Stables, has been returned to trainer Bob Baffert and is currently at Santa Anita Park preparing for a 4-year-old campaign.
This year's balloting was conducted at ntra.com and offered voters 12
different images illustrating a wide range of human emotions as well as
outstanding displays of equine athleticism. Finishing second was I'll Have Another 's narrow victory over Bodemeister in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I).