08/13/2012 11:18AM

Monarchos back home at Nuckols Farm after colic surgery

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Monarchos, the 2001 Kentucky Derby winner and sire of champion sprinter Informed Decision, returned home Saturday to Nuckols Farm in Midway, Ky.

The 14-year-old Maria’s Mon horse has been at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington since July 31, when he underwent emergency colic surgery.

Nuckols farm owner Charles Nuckols II said the gray stallion is on a “strict diet” and the farm staff is closely monitoring his water intake. “We built a pen around the back door of his stall and mowed the grass very low,” Nuckols said. “This way he can enjoy the outdoors but not overdo it.”

Raced by John and Debby Oxley, Monarchos won the 2001 Derby in the race’s second-fastest time of 1:59.97. He stood at Nuckols Farm this year for an advertised fee of $4,000.

Melissa Sackett More than 1 year ago
Stay well, Monarchos! Glad to hear that they are keeping a very close watch over him and doing things to help prevent another occurence. We don't want to lose him!!
TheAPIndy More than 1 year ago
Glad Monarchos is improving. He grew up with my son A P Valentine and has always been one of my favorites.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Nice to see he's home and recovering well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'Here come's Monarchos' Stay well baby! Rob
idesofice More than 1 year ago
Isn't this his 2nd surgery? Wonder what the issue is?
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
Wishing a happy, speedy recovery to Monarchos!