Paddy O'Prado Recovering from Colic Surgery

The son of El Prado had a twist in his large colon; full recovery expected.

Grade I winner and millionaire Paddy O'Prado is doing well after having colic surgery late May 11 at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington.

Surgeon Dr. Michael Spirito discovered the 5-year-old son of El Prado—Fun House, by Prized, had a twist in his large colon. No re-sectioning of the digestive tract was necessary, and Paddy O’Prado is expected to return to B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, which is near Hagyard, in a couple days.

"We feel fortunate to have discovered the issue quickly, and to have convenient access to the great veterinarian staff at Hagyard," said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. "We’re thankful to Dr. Spirito and his team for their superb work in fixing the twist and keeping Paddy O’Prado very comfortable through the process.

"Paddy O’Prado is obviously a high-class individual in many ways, and he handled it all like the champ that he is," he added. "We’re happy to know that he’ll return to 100%."

The entering-year stallion had already covered 142 mares through May 11.

"So he’ll have the healthy first book that he deserves," Toffey said, adding that Paddy O’Prado would not breed again this season. Paddy O'Prado is to resume breeding for his second season at stud in 2013.