09/30/2016 12:27PM

Fort Prado, Benny the Bull join stallion roster at Swifty Farms

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Fort Prado has sired four crops of racing age, with 48 winners and progeny earnings in excess of $2.7 million.

Swifty Farms in Seymour, Ind., has a pair of new additions for its 2017 roster, in Fort Prado and champion sprinter Benny the Bull.

Fort Prado, a 15-year-old son of El Prado, previously stood at Buck Pond Farm in Lexington, Ky., where he moved in 2012 after entering stud in Illinois.

Fort Prado has sired four crops of racing age, with 48 winners and progeny earnings in excess of $2.7 million. His leading runners include Grade 3 winner Prado’s Sweet Ride, stakes winners Bold Rally, Lakotadreamcatcher, and R Dub, and Grade 3-placed Afortable.

A former Illinois Horse of the Year, Fort Prado won 18 of 59 starts over seven seasons of racing as a homebred for Team Block, highlighted by the Grade 3 John B. Connally Breeders’ Cup Turf Handicap and Fair Grounds Breeders’ Cup Handicap and 11 additional non-graded stakes wins. That list includes four editions of the Black Tie Affair Handicap at Arlington Park.

Fort Prado is out of the stakes-winning Fortunate Prospect mare Fort Pond, whose six winners from seven runners also includes stakes winner Cammack and graded stakes producer Murky Waters, dam of Grade 1-placed stakes winner Red Vine.

Benny the Bull comes to Swifty Farms from Bridlewood Farm in Ocala, Fla.

Benny the Bull, a 13-year-old son of Lucky Lionel, has sired four cops of racing age, with 56 winners and combined progeny earnings of more than $2.8 million. His top runners are Puerto Rican champion Joe Pike and Grade 2-placed stakes winner Richie the Bull.

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Benny the Bull won 9 of 20 starts for $2,353,430. He was named champion sprinter of 2008 on a campaign that included wins in the Group 1 Dubai Golden Shaheen, the Grade 2 Smile Sprint, and True North Handicap, and the non-graded Sunshine Millions Sprint Stakes. He won the Grade 1 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash in 2007.

Bred in Florida by Tomoka Farms, Benny the Bull is out of the stakes-winning Birdonthewire mare Comet Cat, whose two foals to race are both winners.

Fees for both stallions will be announced at a later time.

Fort Prado and Benny the Bull join Cashel Castle and Wolfcamp among the stallions relocating to Swifty Farms for 2017.


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