O'Prado Again, winner of the 2011 Remsen Stakes (gr. II) as a 2-year-old, has been retired and will stand stud in 2014 at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington.
A 4-year-old son of leading sire of sires El Prado, O'Prado Again will stand for a fee of $5,000 stands & nurses and participate in the farm's "Share The Upside" program.
"Darby Dan is thrilled to have the opportunity of offering this exciting son of El Prado in our 'Share The Upside' program," said John Phillips, the owner of Darby Dan, in a statement. "In my mind, O'Prado Again represents a great example of a young stallion with that big upside. I've never seen a better-looking son of El Prado, who's obviously proving himself as a serious sire of sires with the likes of Medaglia d'Oro and Kitten's Joy , and O'Prado Again showed both quality and precociousness on the racetrack. We invite breeders to come out and see him. I really think they're going to like what they see."
Bought by Jerry Crawford's Donegal Racing for $350,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale, O'Prado Again became a winter book favorite for the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after breaking his maiden at Keeneland and following up with a victory in the Remsen at Aqueduct Racetrack over multiple graded stakes winners. The gray colt, bred in Kentucky by Highclere, was campaigned by Donegal Racing and trained by Dale Romans.
O'Prado Again is out of the Pulpit mare Leh She Run, who is a half sister to stakes winner Freddie Frisson, the dam of grade I winner and grade I-producing sire First Samurai .
In the "Share The Upside" program, breeders can elect to breed two mares in 2014, or one mare in both 2014 and 2015. After two foals are born and the $5,000 stands and nurses contracts are paid, the breeder will receive a lifetime breeding right in O'Prado Again.