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El Prado Likely To Continue Serving
Leading US sire El Prado (Sadler's Wells-Lady Capulet, by Sir Ivor) will continue to cover mares in 2010 despite declining fertility during the 2009 breeding season, reported bloodhorse.com. The 20YO stallion has sired 74 stakes winners. He covered 54 mares in 2009. Eric Hamelback, general manager of Frank Stronach's Adena Springs operation, commented: "He's an older horse, and his fertility is declining, but he definitely is not done. We want to make sure we do right by El Prado because he definitely has done right by us. He's very healthy and as sound as any individual we have, but he'll be 21 next breeding season, and he's basically just dealing with old age." Although Adena Springs plans to breed with El Prado in 2010, Hamelback observed, "he will have to be managed both by how many times he's bred and how many mares he gets." El Prado had a live foal fee of US$75,000 in 2009.