Can the Iowa horse also be Horse of the Year?
That’s what Paddy
O’Prado’s owners will find out Nov. 6. The group, whose 11 owners
include 10 Iowans, decided Thursday to run Paddy O’Prado in the $5
million Breeders’ Cup Classic, America’s richest horse race. The
Classic is the marquee race of the two-day Breeders’ Cup program on
Nov. 5 and 6 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.
Paddy O’Prado, owned by the Donegal Racing partnership, was third in
the Kentucky Derby in May, sixth in the Preakness, and reeled off three
major stakes wins on grass — the Colonial Turf Cup, Virginia Derby and
Secretariat Stakes. His streak was snapped in his last start when he
finished second by a length in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont
Park in New York.
Paddy O’Prado has done enough that if he wins the Classic, he will have a strong chance to be voted Horse of the Year.