Grade 1-winning millionaire Paddy O'Prado, who's standing his first season at stud at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm, is doing well after having colic surgery late Friday at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, KY. A full recovery is expected for the five-year-old gray son of El Prado (Ire), which was discovered to have signs of colic Friday by farm officials.
Dr. Michael Spirito performed the surgery at Hagyard, which neighbors Spendthrift Farm on Iron Works Pike. He corrected a simple twist of the large colon. No re-sectioning of the large colon was necessary, and Paddy O'Prado is expected to return to Spendthrift in a couple days.
“We feel fortunate to have discovered the issue quickly, and to have convenient access to the great veterinarian staff at Hagyard,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. “We're thankful to Dr. Spirito and his team for their superb work in fixing the twist and keeping Paddy O'Prado very comfortable through the process.
“Paddy O'Prado is obviously a high-class individual in many ways, and he handled it all like the champ that he is,” he added. “We're happy to know that he'll return to 100%, and we're also happy that Paddy O'Prado was popular enough with the breeders that he had already covered 142 mares through Friday. So he'll have the healthy first book that he deserves.”
Toffey confirmed that Paddy O'Prado would not breed again this season and would be allowed to “just be a happy horse” before resuming breeding for his second season at stud in 2013.
A five-time graded stakes winner, Paddy O'Prado was widely considered as one of the top three-year-old performers in North America in 2010, winning four graded stakes including his biggest triumph in the Secretariat S. (G1) at Arlington Park. He showed he was top class on all surfaces, placing second in the Blue Grass S. (G1) over Keeneland's Polytrack before running third in the Kentucky Derby (G1) three weeks later. Earlier at three, Paddy O'Prado broke his maiden in the Palm Beach S. (G3) at Gulfstream, and won the Dixie S. (G2) at Pimlico in his lone start at four. He earned $1,721,297.
Paddy O'Prado hails from the Grade 2-winning Prized mare, Fun House.