Paynter on Tuesday night was described as being seriously ill by Dr.
Mark Cheney, the respected equine veterinarian who is overseeing his
treatment, who said the Haskell Invitational winner has colitis - an
inflammation of the colon - and that a principle concern now is also
"I'm worried to death," Cheney said in a telephone interview. "You've got to keep your fingers crossed. Just hope and pray."
Paynter was taken late Sunday to the Upstate Equine Medical Center in
Schuylerville, N.Y., nine miles northeast of Saratoga. He had been at
Saratoga for several days after arriving from Belmont Park. This is the
second time in less than a month that Paynter has become so ill that he
needed to be sent to a veterinary clinic.