05/12/2012 8:39PM

Paddy O'Prado sidelined for rest of breeding season


LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Grade 1 winner and millionaire Paddy O’Prado, a first-year stallion at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, will miss the rest of the 2012  breeding season after undergoing surgery Friday for what the farm called “a simple twist of the large colon.”

The 5-year-old El Prado son is expected to make a full recovery, the farm said in a Saturday night release. 

Paddy O’Prado has covered 142 mares through Friday, when Spendthrift staff found him showing signs of colic. The farm sent him to nearby Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, where Dr. Michael Spirito performed surgery to correct the twist. According to the farm, no resectioning, or removal of a section of the colon, was necessary. 

“We feel fortunate to have discovered the issue quickly, and to have convenient access to the great veterinarian staff at Hagyard,” said Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey.

Paddy O’Prado stood for $15,000 this year.

Paddy O’Prado won the 2010 Secretariat Stakes, Virginia Derby, Colonial Turf Cup, and Palm Beach Stakes, as well as last season’s Dixie Stakes. Among his four stakes-placings were a third in the 2010 Kentucky Derby and a second in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational. He aearned more than $1.7 million.

Caballo Castillo More than 1 year ago
These horse weren't meant to breed like this. Did anybody catch theat breeding segment during the derby telecast? They said Big Brown or Super Saver One of the two were covering 3 mares a day. Damn.
WILL More than 1 year ago
amory_gillian More than 1 year ago
this is why the gene pool is so small-STOP OVERBREEDING!!!
amory_gillian More than 1 year ago
142 mares?! I'm surprised he's still standing-geez! How many is that a day!
HGZenyatta14 More than 1 year ago
That's regular for a stallion.... You should *probably* check your facts if you think that is alot. Top stallions have been covering that many mares for years and years, get used to it.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Secretariat was syndicated based on 32 shares. Why would I pay anything at all for one two-hundredth of a horse. Not Secretariat. A horse. 1/200th... This is killing the breed. Think about that!
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
do you remember when Storm Cat would cover that many at 500 large a pop?!!
Douglas More than 1 year ago
I'm surprized that his colon is the only thing twisted what a stud
Joey W More than 1 year ago
i'm jealous
Tom Hua More than 1 year ago
142. The numbers don't lie? What kinds of Viagra did they feed him? 142 x $15,000 = dead horse.
Kevin Potts More than 1 year ago
142 and he isnt chafed? Wow.
Vicki Dwight More than 1 year ago
Only 142 mares covered so far? That's it ?oo much down time for that young stallion!!
k More than 1 year ago
Really whats wrong with him? He is never gonna get to 200 now. I am sure glad the owners and the farm are not greedy or they might try to have him cover mares at the clinic. Oh wait maybe I shouldn't give them any ideas. Anything # over 100 is just wrong. I don't care how young he is or how fertile.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
The syndication of Secretariat was built on 32 shares. Along with a lack of quality broodmares do you think that there is dilution on the stud side as well?
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
Vicki, maybe it's time for you to worry about another sport.