It’s been lamented quite a bit, that the three-year-old division has been decimated by injury and illness. Almost every week, we hear about another colt being hit with bad luck and it’s been very pronounced this year, because of the uptick that seems to be going on with the thoroughbred industry as a whole. Sometimes though, we get good news and when we do we should celebrate it. In the last couple of days, Paynter and Take Charge Indy have both seen their fortunes turn around.
Paynter has had a rough time since winning the Haskell Invitational handily. Just last week the prognosis for Paynter was grim. He developed colitis and then laminitis and owner Ahmad Zayat didn’t seem very optimistic about the chances for his late bloomer. What a difference a week makes though, right? Zayat has been updating his Twitter account with positive words about Paynter. Apparently the horses blood work has improved a great deal, he is regaining his appetite and is moving around a bit. This is great news for racing fans, who just one week ago were believing that Paynter didn’t have long to live. Bravo to his veternarian and training staff!
Another three-year-old who had his year cut short is Take Charge Indy. Take Charge Indy had a great run in winning the Florida Derby, but finished a disappointing 19th in the Kentucky Derby. It was found out a short time after the “Run for the Roses” that he had a bone chip in his ankle that would require surgery and his return in 2012 seemed doubtful. Owner Charles Sandford has been quoted as saying that Take Charge Indy is expected to run at Keeneland in October and has been training for the past month.
In light of all the negativity that has surrounded the injuries to such stars as I’ll Have Another, Union Rags, Hansen, and Bodemeister, it’s great to see a couple of positive stories.