Sky Mesa , the 9-year-old stallion who underwent colic surgery Feb. 15, is being kept at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital where an additional operation was performed Feb. 19 to correct an impaction, according to Three Chimneys farm president Case Clay.
"The impaction was corrected and he has recovered well from the procedure," Clay said in a statement released Feb. 20. "He was bright and alert this morning in his stall and we will advise you with any notable updates."
Clay said the son of Pulpit —Caress, by Storm Cat, is expected to make a full recovery, with his scheduled return to the breeding shed pushed back to March 20. Following the colic surgery, the stallion had been expected to return on or about March 15.
Sky Mesa, the Leading second-crop sire of 2008 and second on the third-crop sire list for 2009, is the sire of General Quarters, a 3-year-old who entred the Triple Crown picture with a victory in the Feb. 14 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay. He stands for a fee of $30,000 and had been bred to one mare before undergoing colic surgery.