Updated on 09/15/2011 12:19PM

Pine Bluff recovering from colic surgery


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Lane's End stallion Pine Bluff, whose progeny include recent stakes-winner Megans Bluff, will miss the rest of the breeding season after undergoing colic surgery this week at Rood and Riddle. The 12-year-old Danzig stallion was to be shipped back to Lane's End on Thursday.

"He's doing fine," Bill Farish, son of farm owners Will and Sarah Farish, said of Pine Bluff. "But he will be out for the rest of the year. He's recovering nicely."

Farish said that Dr. Scott Hopper performed the surgery.

"His large colon was displaced," he added. "It was easily corrected, and the surgery was pretty minor, but it was good that they went in and decided to take a little proactive approach."

Pine Bluff, who stands for $15,000 this year at the Farishes' Lane's End Farm, has more than $11 million in progeny earnings from six crops to race.

His leading runners include Megans Bluff, winner of Churchill's Grade 3 Mint Julep on May 19; Grade 1 winner I Ain't Bluffing; Grade 2 winners Lil's Lad, and Middlesex Drive; and other graded stakes-winners Pine Dance and Follow the Money. He also is the sire of Panamanian champion Chef Michelle.

Pine Bluff is out of the Halo mare Rowdy Angel, making him a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Demons Begone and a full brother to Angel Fever, the dam of 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus.