05/16/2012 3:38PM

Paddy O'Prado back at Spendthrift after colic surgery


First-year sire Paddy O’Prado is back home at Spendthrift Farm and is recovering well after undergoing colic surgery May 12 at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, the farm’s general manager said.

“He came back on Monday,” general manager Ned Toffey said, adding that the 5-year-old El Prado horse is being hand-grazed twice a day and is about 60 days from full turnout. Paddy O’Prado will miss the rest of the breeding season, but Toffey said that the farm still expects he will have about 100 live foals in his first crop despite the abbreviated season. To date, 117 of his mares are confirmed in foal, with others still awaiting first pregnancy scans.

Paddy O’Prado showed signs of colic on May 12, and the farm sent him to Hagyard, where he underwent surgery to correct a torsion, a twist of the large colon. Toffey credited surgeon Dr. Michael Spirito and Dr. Kim Sprayberry for their care of the horse.

A Grade 1-winning millionaire, Paddy O’Prado stood for $15,000 this year.