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Paddy O'Prado Injured, Retired

Grade I winner Paddy O'Prado, who sustained a sesamoid injury in his May 21 victory in the Dixie Stakes (gr. II), has been retired after a career in which he posted five wins, three seconds, and three thirds from 15 starts, with earnings of $1,721,297. Stud plans have not been finalized.

Purchased at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale for $105,000 by trainer Dale Romans on behalf of a group of owners mostly from Iowa that race as Donegal Racing, Paddy O’Prado first emerged on the national scene on the Triple Crown trail of 2010. The son of El Prado produced from the Prized mare Fun House broke his maiden with a victory in the Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) on turf at Gulfstream Park. He then earned his ticket to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with a second in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) over Keeneland’s Polytrack surface.

The colt was third in the Derby before finishing unplaced in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) two weeks later.

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What a shame!! Paddy O' Prado had a pretty rare quality about him in that he had proven to be very durable on conventional dirt, synthetics, and turf all three!! Something you very rarely see in a horse. I personally thought that Paddy O' Prado had begun to excel on turf, in-particular, and that he would eventually replace Gio Ponti as America's best turf horse. Once Gio Ponti was retired. A big loss for American racing. I always thought Paddy O' Prado was a pretty classy horse!!

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