Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 9/2/14

Paynter, who won Horse Racing’s prestigious 2012 Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in July and has been battling colitis at Upstate Equine Medical Center in Schuylerville, N.Y., has developed a new problem ….he was diagnosed with the deadly hoof disease laminitis yesterday (Tuesday).

Laminitis is a painful and, most times, fatal hoof disease that can be described as inflammation of the hoof laminae, or the interlocking tissues that attach the hoof wall to the coffin bone within the hoof. This disease causes the coffin bone, which is kind of shaped like a stingray, to rotate nose down and in severe cases, begins to come thru the bottom of the hoof.

“He has been diagnosed with our nightmare scenario of laminitis, and it seems it is rapidly progressing,” owner Ahmed Zayat said via his Twitter account. “After taking additional X-rays of the foot and discussing with some foot experts, Dr. Laura (Javsicas) has found out that he has developed (laminitis) in three of his four legs, which is heartbreaking.” 

I have to be honest with you readers….The odds are stacked against Paytner’s, of whom trainer Bob Baffert described as a “serious racehorse”, survival as he now has Laminitis in three of his feet, Colitis, an infection at a catheter site and also developed clotting in his veins as a result of low protein.

As recent as this morning (Wednesday) Payter was “resting comfortably” and is having “a decent day”.

“Poor Paynter…I don’t know how long he can fight this out so bravely without having pain and suffering,” Zayat said. “So far, Dr. Laura (Javsicas) is very conscious of having his pain under control. But we need to look at all these problems”.

“My deep concern is that he if is a healthy horse, he can fight laminitis since it is the beginning (of the disease), but to be a sick horse and fight all these issues all at once, it is asking for too much.

“We need to be compassionate and merciful and treat our star with the respect and love that he deserves while giving him the best chance in fighting for his life. Please pray. I am at loss in what the right thing to do is here, but I will leave it up to his caring and loving vet to decide the right courses of action.”

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Former NBAer arrested for attempted home break-in

Kurt Warner was open to returning to Cardinals this year

New SMU football coach wants empty trophy case installed

Boston selected as US candidate for 2024 Summer Olympics

Don Shula calls Bill Belichick ‘Beli-cheat’

Prosecutors to ask Hernandez's fiancée to testify for immunity


Report: Shanahan did not leave because of Manziel

Former NFL linebacker charged in attack on Yankees prospect

Report: Aaron Rodgers has torn calf

Investigator: 'No evidence' NFL saw Ray Rice video before public

Report: 49ers are Rex Ryan's top choice to coach

Jim Harbaugh says he's rooting for Ohio State in title game

WATCH: Top recruit Carlton Bragg announces wrong school

Brian Kelly: Irish's 'Pot of Gold' recruiting campaign is back

Mets fans fund billboards asking ownership to sell team

Randy Johnson used great alias while staying in Cooperstown

Amazon pulls Rob Gronkowski erotic novella

Stuart Scott gets a tribute from L.A. graffiti artists

Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan are no longer friends

Hockey legend J.P. Parise has passed away at age 73

ESPN is dumping as many Knicks games as possible

Lynch loses appeal, $100K fine for not speaking to media stands

How the Colts can upset the Broncos

Pedro Martinez wants his Jheri curl on Hall of Fame plaque

Horse Racing News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Amazon pulls Gronk erotic novella

Stuart Scott gets L.A. graffiti tribute

Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan are no longer friends

Hockey legend J.P. Parise has passed away at age 73

Oregon vs. Ohio State: Famous alumni

How the Colts can upset the Broncos

Martinez wants his Jheri curl on plaque

Predicting the NFL's year-end awards

ESPN, Marvel team up for series

Seahawk: Panthers are like a hot cousin

Brady on cold: 'I'm a (bleeping) machine!'

Sterger responsible for Oregon chant?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.