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US Gr1-Winner Paddy O'Prado Retired To Stud
Donegal Racing's US Gr1-winning & triple Gr1-placed 4YO entire Paddy O'Prado (El Prado-Fun House, by Prized) who made a winning 2011 debut in last weekend’s Gr2 Dixie Stakes at Pimlico ended the race with a fractured sesamoid in his right front leg & has been retired. Connections initially assumed the injury was a “bruised foot”, but subsequent X-rays taken after the horse returned to Churchill Downs revealed the fracture. Trainer Dale Romans confirmed: “It was the top part of the sesamoid; the injury will heal & maybe an average horse would come back & race again. But we don't want to take any chances with this horse.” Donegal Racing's Jerry Crawford added: “He will make a full recovery & embark on the next stage of his career. We heard from 18 potential suitors last year, but we made the decision to race him again this year - the sport needs more horses to continue racing after their 3YO seasons. The phones have been ringing regularly for the last few hours & we hope to finalise his stud plans in the next couple of months. We can look forward to all the little Paddy O’Prados running around & to the impact he will have on American racing. There are happy days head for us.” Paddy O’Prado (a US$105,000 yearling at the 2008 Keeneland September Sale) retires with 5 wins (including 2010’s Gr1 Secretariat Stakes over 10 furlongs at Arlington Park, Gr2 Virginia Derby over 10 furlongs at Colonial Downs, Gr2 Colonial Turf Cup Stakes over 9.5 furlongs at Colonial Downs & Gr3 Palm Beach Stakes over 9 furlongs at Gulfstream Park) & 6 placings (including 2010’s Gr1 Kentucky Derby over 10 furlongs at Churchill Downs, Gr1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes over 9 furlongs at Keeneland & Gr1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes over 12 furlongs at Belmont Park, plus 2009's Gr3 With Anticipation Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Saratoga) from 14 starts for US$1,721,297 earnings.