Paynter 'Walking Comfortably,' Bloodwork OK

The Zayat Stables-owned colt had a better day Sept. 5.

Haskell Invitational (gr. I) winner Paynter , who was diagnosed with laminitis Sept. 4, was "walking comfortably" Sept. 5, and his bloodwork came back normal, the Zayat family said.

Paynter, owned by Zayat Stables, was sent to a clinic the week of Aug. 26 after he spiked a fever and suffered from diarrhea. His condition worsened after he developed an infection, and Sept. 3 the Zayat family said the next 24 hours would be critical.

According to their reports on Twitter, Paynter, a 3-year-old by Awesome Again , had normal bowel movements Sept. 5 despite some discomfort. The Zayats said discomfort "is not uncommon in horses with colitis as the diarrhea resolves."

Paynter also had an "intermittent low-grade fever" and "continues to be treated aggressively," the Zayats said.

Paynter, bred in Kentucky by Diamond A Racing Corp., is out of the Cee's Tizzy mare Tizso. He has three wins and two seconds from six starts, with earnings of $952,224.

Prior to the Haskell, Paynter, trained by Bob Baffert, finished second by a neck to Union Rags after showing the way in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).