Owner Ahmed Zayat announced Friday that his colt Paynter has reached another milestone in his recent battle against colic and laminitis. The 3-year-old Haskell winner will be discharged from Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center Sunday and be transferred to a farm for rehabilitation.
Zayat said he would announce which farm would host Paynter this evening but that he had narrowed it to three choices. Zayat said after two-three months of rehab, Paynter might begin to point for a racing season in 2013. Below is the transcript of Zayat's update.
“Breaking news!!! Paynter has won the war. Dear fans, thank you very much for all your prayers and thoughts and good vibes. Our Paynter this brave warrior. Has taken on A LOT of battles and today on his behalf and the behalf of his skillful vet team, we are declaring VICTORY!!!
“Paynter is a rare breed of Thoroughbred horse that a has the determination, strength and heart. Paynter has beaten colitis, laminitis and a nasty abscess and today we are proud of our special colt. “Today (we've) done our last set of diagnostics. His temp is normal, his blood work is perfect, his feet are sound and healthy, his lungs sound great. All in all we have a very happy and healthy horse.
“He has gained an additional 11 pounds in the last two days on top of the 24 pounds before that. His medical team is very confident of his full recovery. Plans are being finalized today for Paynter to leave New Bolton Medical Center on Sunday to go back into a rehab layup facility for the next two-three months and then finally return to the track where he loves and belongs. We should all continue to hope for a full recovery and to see our champ happy and healthy for 2013 racing calendar!!
“We have narrowed down the choices to three rehab centers. I am very nervous for him to leave all his beloved vets, but my tears of joy will only make it worth it when I know he will have the right farm taking care of him. “I have personally called and interviewed all these farms. A decision will be announced at 6 p.m. today.”
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