Paddy O'Prado, El Prado's Grade 1-winning millionaire son, will stand his first season at stud in 2012 at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, KY, it was announced Friday.
“We are thrilled with the addition of Paddy O'Prado to the Spendthrift Farm stallion roster and to our very popular Share The Upside program,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift Farm General Manager. “He is a grand-looking animal with a world of talent on the racetrack. That, coupled with the success of sons of El Prado at stud such as Medaglia d'Oro and Kitten's Joy, will make Paddy O'Prado a very attractive stallion prospect.”
A five-time graded stakes winner, Paddy O'Prado recently retired after winning the Dixie S. (G2) at Pimlico. Last year, Paddy O'Prado was widely considered as one of the top 3-year-old performers in North America, 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.
The 4-year-old gray colt retired with a record of 5-3-3 from 14 starts with earnings of $1,721,297 for owners Donegal Racing and trainer Dale Romans.
“When Kitten's Joy retired I never thought I would have another horse as good as him, but I'm glad (Paddy O'Prado) proved me wrong,” Romans said. “Paddy's one of the smartest, most talented and most versatile horses I've ever had the privilege to be around.”
By the late El Prado, Paddy O'Prado is out of the Grade 2-winning Prized mare, Fun House. Shannon Potter of Taylor Made Sales helped broker the deal. A stud fee will be determined and announced at a later date. For information about Spendthrift Farm's Share The Upside program, contact Spendthrift Farm.