Owner Ahmed Zayat revealed at midday Wednesday that the health of Grade 1 Haskell Invitational winner Paynter had shown slight improvement. The son of Awesome Again has battled colitis for more than a week and recently developed laminitis and three of his four feet.
"We still have Paynter in our lives (and) for that we are blessed," Zayat wrote on Twitter. "Paynter continues to go through a rollercoaster sickness with significant complications. Ironically today (he's) having a decent day, he is one tough horse!
"It is admirable but heartbreaking. On the positive side, he stays comfortable in his new cast fitting, unbelievably so -- that according to Dr. Laura (Javsicas who) says he is actually walking around comfortably in them. What a star!! On the negative side, he continues to fight his colitis hard. His fever is higher today than we would want it. The protein levels continue to be low.
"He still has diarrhea, but amazingly enough his attitude is better and his appetite continues to improve. He is fighting and we will keep praying for him to fight as long as we are sensitive to his needs. Again, our primary concern is his comfort."