Great read, Mary. Junior is the real deal. I loved how when Victor shook the reins, Junior tossed his head, then dropped down and hit another gear. And, crossing the wire already geared down was icing on the cake. However, seeing him standing calmly for the blanket of roses, and his whole demeanor after the race was one of "That was FUN! let's do it again!" This Cal-bred, with the less than blue blooded pedigree has a heart like Secretariat!
Jody, you nailed it. She is NOT Zenyatta. Yes, there are a LOT of similarities, but she's her own self. Her race was a positive one in all aspects, and hopefully she will race again soon, which will help her with her confidence. However, trying to find races for her distance has been difficult. Let her be her dazzling self, and love her for her attributes.
We can only do so much with veterinary medicine, some comes from within the horse, and some comes from above. I believe this with all my heart
Paynter & the Zayats have shown the world what racing fans have always known- the Thoroughbred determination and fighting spirit. I too, have kept Paynter in constant prayer, written to the Zayats offering support and prayers. In return, I, along with fans all over the world, have been given complete transparency, the anguish, the tears, the ups and downs and finally the victory cry from Mr. Zayat. As a veterinary nurse, I was well aware of the odds of Paynter's survival- pretty dismal it seemed. But through it all, keeping Paynter comfortable was paramount to the Zayats, and he repaid them by fighting through colitis, DIC, laminitis and finally the abscess. I hope that he is able to return to the track, but as always, Mr. Zayat is leaving the final decision up to Paynter.
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