Saint Ballado dead at 13.

Saint Ballado dead at 13.

Saint Ballado Euthanized

Central Kentucky stallion Saint Ballado, who underwent surgery to correct clinical signs associated with a compressive cervical myelopathy, was euthanized Oct. 20 following complications after the operation. Saint Ballado was in stable condition following the surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, but his condition worsened after his return to the Taylor family's Taylor Made Farm near Nicholasville, Ky.

"When it became obvious that Saint Ballado's condition was critical, in consultation with the owners and our team of veterinarians, the difficult decision was made to euthanize the horse," said Dr. Phil McCarthy.

"Saint Ballado was a great horse, and no on wanted to see him suffer needlessly," said Ben Taylor, who manages the stallion division.

Thirteen-year-old Saint Ballado (Halo -- Ballade, by Herbager) has sired 34 stakes winners and is ranked 55th on the 2002 leading sire list by progeny earnings. As a racehorse, he won the 1992 Arlington Classic (gr. II) and Sheridan Stakes (gr. III) and earned a career total of 302,820.

Saint Ballado, who stood as the property of Taylor Made and Aaron and Marie Jones, is scheduled to be buried at the farm.