Update: 2012 Haskell Winner Paynter To Return To Horse Racing

First of all, I would like to wish my readers and staff a very Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays. Whatever you celebrate, I hope you have a great holiday.

Now, as many of my readers know, I have written several blogs about my favorite sport, thoroughbred racing. I have written previews and reviews of the Triple Crown races, and the Breeder’s Cup Championships. I also have written blogs about deaths of horses such as Strike the Gold, and Alydar. I have written about the retirement of Bodemeister, and my encounter with 2011 Horse of the Year, Havre de Grace. Horse racing has it’s ups and downs, but I just love writing about it.

One horse in particular that I have written about frequently is a horse named Paynter. To refresh your memories, Paynter is owned by Ahmed Zayat’s Zayat Stables, and won the 2012 Haskell Invitational after finishing second in the Belmont to Union Rags. Soon after the Haskell, Paynter became very ill, and wound up in a fight for his life as he battled both colitis, and the beginnings of laminitis in three of his four hooves.

Paynter eventually defeated the laminitis and was fighting off the colitis, but was still having fevers. He was sent to the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania, and underwent a successful surgery to remove a 15 inch abscess from his digestive tract. After his recovery, he went to Fair Hill to recover, and is now up to 1080 pounds.

Well, I have a wonderful update on Paynter. He is going to run again. According to tweets of Ahmed Zayat, Paynter will return to trainer Bob Baffert’s barn on December 29, 2012. (  Paynter had passed various tests, and will go back to California to resume training.

If one wants to talk about a Christmas miracle, this is the best example of one. It is absolutely amazing that Paynter, who at one point was near death, is about to embark on a return to the races. People think Broncos QB Peyton Manning or Vikings RB Adrian Peterson are having great comebacks? People should pay attention to this four legged equine.

I went through so many emotions with this horse. On twitter, I was doing everything I could by praying for Paynter and the Zayats. I did what I could to support Mr. Zayat.  This horse really meant a lot to me, and many others. When this horse and the Zayats were having a “bad health day,” we Paynter supporters were not having a good day. When Paynter and company were having a great day, we Paynter supporters were having a great day.  We would put #PowerupPaynter or #prayforPaynter on our tweets.  As Paynter got stronger, the Zayats and we supporters would put #horseofsteel, #hero , and #warrior.

All the prayers, and comforting the Zayats, and each other has paid off. Of course, God and the doctors are the ones who deserve all the credit. Paynter’s strong will to survive also was very inspiring. He even inspired me in my personal life. I am so excited to see him back on the track training. I look forward to seeing my equine hero back in a post parade for the first time in months.

To quote Al Michaels, “Do you believe in miracles?”  My answer: OH YES!


UPDATE:  On Wednesday, December 26, 2012, Paynter and his connections got more wonderful news. On HRTV, Penny Chenery, the owner of Secretariat, announced Paynter as the winner of the Vox Populi Award for 2012, sponsored by

Paynter, as well as Shackleford were both added to the original list of nominees as I wrote in a previous blog (

As his fan, and speaking on behalf of “Paynter Nation” (coined by one of my twitter followers @QueenofSuites), I am very proud. Congratulations Paynter and his connections.

Terri Bey currently blogs for about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for Terri can be found here at Facebook- and at Twitter-

[amazon_link id=”B0098PMS4O” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]2012 Breeders’ Cup Event Logo Flags Cap Navy – Horse Racing Fan Shop Offering[/amazon_link]

Thoroughbred Racing’s Greatest Day: The Breeders’ Cup 20th Anniversary Celebration

ESPN Films 30 For 30: Charismatic DVD

(Visited 59 times, 1 visits today)


Terri Bey currently blogs for about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for Terri can be found here at Facebook- and at Twitter-

More Posts

Follow Me:



Welcome to the Camel Clutch Blog. The CCB was born in 2007 and features blogs from over 50 different writers. Articles from the Camel Clutch Blog have been featured by some of the world's most respected websites including;,, Yahoo News, Business Insider, MSNBC,, and more.

Writers Wanted

Do you have a passion for blogging? The Camel Clutch Blog is proud to have featured over 50 guest bloggers and contributors since its inception. The CCB is a great outlet for your blogging or a great way to promote your own site, blog, and/or podcast through Guest Blogging. The CCB reaches millions of people per year and you can be sure you will be read when you post on the CCB. Email Eric Gargiulo at [email protected] if you are interested.

Add to Flipboard

Connect with me

Link to my Facebook Page
Link to my Rss Page
Link to my Twitter Page
Link to my Youtube Page
To Top