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Paynter back on track

Updated: June 12, 2013, 3:50 PM ET
By Gary West | Special to ESPN.com

He shook free of pneumonia only to land in the grip of something worse, endotoxemia. Toxins in his blood were attacking him. Acute fever and diarrhea squeezed him dry. And when the fever finally broke, an even more efficient killer came after him, laminitis.

Some advised Paynter's owner, Ahmed Zayat, to end it, which might have been expedient, given the insurance, and justifiable, given the horse's condition. But Paynter argued otherwise, eloquently and strongly, every hour of every ...

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