Alan Porter Breeding Analysis for Paddy O' Prado
A grade one winner by a Champion Two-Year-Old and Leading Sire, Paddy O’Prado is also half-brother to a Champion. One of the most talented and versatile horses of his generation, Paddy O’Prado was a graded stakes performer at two, three, and four, and grade one performer on dirt, turf, and all-weather surfaces. Paddy O’Prado is by Champion Two-Year-Old and Leading Sire, El Prado, one of the most important sons of Sadler’s Wells, and now an emerging sire of sires with Medaglia d’Or, Kitten’s Joy and Artie Schiller. A half-brother to Champion Untapable, Paddy O’Prado is out of a graded stakes winner, and there are three grade one sires in his first three dams.
El Prado and his sons have done well in general with mares from the Raise a Native line. A branch that has proved particularly strong is that of Alydar, who should also combine well with Roberto strain in Paddy O’Prado. Out of mares from the Alydar line, there are El Prado line grade one winners from daughters of Strike the Gold and Saratoga Six, and stakes winners out of mares by Alysheba and Criminal Type.
The cross of El Prado and his sons with mares by Mr. Prospector (similarly-bred to Alydar) has been a prolific stakes producing, with more than 60 black-type winners, including Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. Mr. Prospector strains that have enjoyed success under El Prado and his sons include Afleet (sire of Northern Afleet, and Afleet Alex, who both give the powerful combination of Sadler’s Wells and his three-quarters brother Nureyev), Miswaki (and his son Black Tie Affair), Crafty Prospector, Seeking the Gold (sire of Mutakddim, Petionville and Cape Town), Rare Brick, Gulch (and his son, Thunder Gulch), Tank’s Prospect, Carson City (sire of grade one winner Cuvee from Paddy O’Prado’s immediate family), Forty Niner (and his sons Roar and Ide, with Distorted Humor also looking promising), Jade Hunter, Fortunate Prospect, Marquetry (by Conquistador Cielo), Machiavellian (sire of Street Cry), Kingmambo (and his son Lemon Drop Kid), Smart Strike, Grand Slam and Proud Citizen (by Gone West, broodmare sire of an El Prado line grade one winner, and also sire of Speightstown, Mr. Greeley, Elusive Quality), Smoke Glacken, Woodman, E Dubai, Chester House and Numerous (who is out of a three-parts-sister to Sadler’s Wells, and who is a brother to Chequer). Geiger Counter is another Mr. Prospector source who would duplicate the family of Sadler’s Wells. There is an El Prado grade one winner from the Majestic Prince branch of Raise a Native, out of a mare by Majestic Light. This strain could be brought in through Maria’s Mon.
The cross of El Prado and sons with mares from the male line of Blushing Groom has an excellent strike-rate. Successful sources include Runaway Groom (sire of Cherokee Run, who is particularly appealing here, and Wekiva Springs, the broodmare sire of an El Prado line stakes winner; grandsire of Kafwain), Mt. Livermore (sire of Housebuster and Orientate), Rahy, Blushing John, and Rainbow Quest. This strain could also profitably be introduced through Arazi and Candy Stripes.
Paddy O’Prado is out of a mare from the Roberto line, a strain that has done very well under El Prado. We can note that there have been more than 60 stakes winners with Roberto inbreeding, and duplicating Roberto through Lear Fan and Silver Hawk (both broodmare sires of El Prado line grade one winners, with another stakes winner out of Silver Hawk son, Benny the Dip), or Dynaformer and Red Ransom, could by considered. In addition to Roberto, El Prado and his sons have crossed well with mares descending from Hail to Reason through Stop The Music/Cure the Blues, including out of mares by American Chance and Tethra. Halo is another Hail to Reason son who could work well here, and there are El Prado line stakes winner out of mares descending from Halo through Jolie’s Halo and Devil His Due (by Devil’s Bag). Halo could also be brought in through Saint Ballado (brother to Devil’s Bag) – already broodmare sire of an El Prado line stakes winner – and Southern Halo and his son, More Than Ready (sire of a champion out of a Sadler’s Wells line mare).
El Prado is a Northern Dancer line stallion, and to date he and his sons have had limited success when crossed back over Northern Dancer line mares. One exception has been with mares descending from Nureyev (three-parts-brother to Sadler’s Wells, the sire of El Prado), this producing three stakes winners, including grade one winner Gabby’s Golden Gal (out of a mare by Ashkalani, by Soviet Star). Nureyev might also be introduced through Theatrical (broodmare sire of an El Prado line stakes winner), Spinning World, Stravinsky and Atticus. There is also an El Prado line stakes winner out of a mare by Dixieland Band (also good with Roberto, who appears in dam of Paddy O’Prado), and stakes winners by El Prado sons out of mares by Catienus and Forestry – both broodmare sires of El Prado line grade one winners – Menifee and Giant’s Causeway (all by Storm Cat). The cross of El Prado and sons has produced stakes winners out of mares by Danehill, Ghazi, Green Desert, War Chant and Pine Bluff. Younger Danzig sons such as War Front and Exchange Rate might also work well.
Wild Again, who is by Icecapade, a three-quarters brother to Northern Dancer, has worked well with the family of Paddy O’Prado, and there is a trio of stakes winners by El Prado and sons out of Wild Again mares, suggesting daughters of Vicar, Wild Rush, Offlee Wild, Milwaukee Brew and Whiskey Wisdom.
El Prado and his sons have a good strike-rate with mares from the Seattle Slew line. On this cross, there is grade one winner out of a mare by A.P. Indy, who can be brought in through Pulpit (who has combined very well with the family of Paddy O’Prado, and who is broodmare sire of El Prado graded winner O’Prado Again), and sons Sky Mesa and Tapit, Malibu Moon (broodmare sire of an El Prado line stakes winner), Mineshaft, Old Trieste, Stephen Got Even, Golden Missile and Jump Start. Other Seattle Slew sources include Capote, Vindication, Slew o’Gold, Septieme Ciel and Doneraile Court (broodmare sire of a Medaglia d’Oro graded stakes winner, and particularly interesting here).
El Prado and sons have shown an affinity for mares from the Buckpasser line with a grade one winner out of a mare by Settlement Day, and stakes winners out of mares by Silver Buck (sire of Silver Charm) and Norcliffe. This strain could also be introduced through Buckaroo (sire of Lite the Fuse, and Montbrook, himself sire of Chapel Royal and Outofthebox, the latter giving linebreeding to the granddam of El Prado).
The cross of El Prado over mares descending from Naskra through Star de Naskra and Nasty and Bold has has proved a stakes producing one, and introducing Naskra through Olympio, a half-brother to the granddam of Paddy O’Prado would be interesting.
The cross of El Prado over mares descending from Rough’n Tumble through the similarly-bred Dr. Fager (via his son, Dr. Blum) and Minnesota Mac (via his son, Great Above) has been a productive one. Great Above is sire of Holy Bull (broodmare sire of a El Prado Stakes winner, and himself sire of Macho Uno).