Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Paddy O'Prado turned heads at rainy Churchill Downs the morning of April 23 when he sailed through a five-furlong work in a lightning-fast :58.40, the fastest of 21 works at the distance that session.
Trainer Dale Romans described the move as “pretty spectacular” and said “all systems are go” for the gray/roan son of El Prado, who breezed for the final time prior to the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I). Romans said his charge galloped out one mile in 1:41 2/5.
Working over a sloppy surface seemed to energize Paddy O’Prado. Ironically, his only start on dirt came in the slop in his career debut at Churchill last summer and the colt did not fare too well. He finished seventh, beaten 11 1/2 lengths in a maiden special weight contest going six furlongs.
“He showed he certainly didn’t mind (the slop),” Romans said. “(Rain) wouldn’t bother me a bit on Derby day.”
Owned by Donegal Racing, Paddy O’Prado scored his only win in six career starts on the turf in the March 6 Palm Beach Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Gulfstream Park. He led at the top of the stretch in the April 10 Blue Grass before being overwhelmed by 40-1 upset winner Stately Victor.
Bred in Kentucky by Winchell Thoroughbreds, Paddy O’Prado is out of the Prized mare Fun House.