Thursday, January 17, 2013

Paynter Recovery from Colitis and Laminitis Voted 2012 Moment of the Year; Owner Designates Veterinarian to Accept Award

Stakes winner Paynter was taken ill in August while training at Saratoga in New York. A month of life-and-death struggles with colitis and acute laminitis followed. Many horses don't survive this type of medical insult but Paynter clung to life and is now back in training at Santa Anita in California. His story was publicly broadcast via the Twitter social media network by his owners, Zayat Racing. Racing fans adopted the horse's struggle and cheered "Power Up, Paynter" at every turn.

A racehorse's recovery from colitis and laminitis was chronicled on the Hoof Blog in September 2012 and was voted today the "Moment of the Year" in American horseracing. Paynter's battle gripped everyone's attention--and amazed everyone who thought he'd never survive.

Paynter battled laminitis and colitis with the help of a corps of skilled and dedicated veterinarians and farriers; the horse was transferred to a small vet hospital near Saratoga, New York following his victory in the 2012 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park. His struggle has been voted the 2012 National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Moment of the Year.

The connections of Paynter will be honored at the 42nd annual Eclipse Awards, presented by Daily Racing Form, The Stronach Group and Breeders’ Cup Saturday, January 19, at Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Florida.

Paynter has been returned to trainer Bob Baffert and is currently at Santa Anita Park, preparing for a 2013 campaign.

After the announcement was made this afternoon, the horse's owners, Zayat Racing, tweeted that veterinarian Laura Javsicas VMD, DACVIM of Rhinebeck Equine Clinic in Rhinebeck, New York would accept the award this weekend in Florida.

Javiscas was employed by Upstate Equine Medical Center in Schuylerville, New York when Paynter was referred to her for treatment while in training at Saratoga in August.

Bryan Fraley DVM of Fraley Equine Podiatry in Lexington, Kentucky consulted on the acute laminitis phase of Paynter's injury and applied foot casts. Later, Paynter was referred to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center for abdominal surgery and further monitoring before being released to Fair Hill Training Center for recovery.

New Bolton Center farrier Patrick Reilly shod the horse in glue-on Sigafoos shoes. Last Saturday, the horse was shod in racing plates at Santa Anita...and went for a jog around the track.

Read more from the Hoof Blog's coverage of Paynter:

Paynter Watch: Top Thoroughbred Colt Diagnosed with Post-Colitis Laminitis in New York

Paynter Laminitis Watch: Podiatry-Vet Fraley Amazed at Progress Since Hoof Casts Applied

Paynter Watch: How Is Post-Colitis Laminitis Different from Other Types of Laminitis?

Paynter Watch: Surgery at University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center Next Option for Ill Zayat Colt, Laminitis Under Control
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