El Prado, champion and influential sire, dies
Daily Racing Form reports that champion and influential sire EL PRADO (Ire) (Sadler's Wells) died Monday morning at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs near Paris, Kentucky. The 20-year-old gray stallion succumbed to a heart attack.
Out of 1977 Irish One Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1) heroine Lady Capulet (Sir Ivor), El Prado reigned as Ireland's champion juvenile in 1991 following scores in the National S. (Ire-G1), Beresford S. (Ire-G2) and Railway S. (Ire-G3). He also just missed to St. Jovite in the Anglesey S. (Ire-G3) that season, and ultimately retired with a mark of 9-4-1-0, $237,600.
Among El Prado's top daughters are Asi Siempre, queen of the 2006 Spinster S. (G1); Grade or Group 2 winners Sweet and Ready, Swingin on Ice and Spanish Sun; this year's American One Thousand Guineas heroine Consequence and Prix Saint-Alary (Fr-G1) runner-up Article Rare. He is already making a mark as a broodmare sire, with his daughters producing the likes of Grade 1 winners Laragh (Tapit) and Bit of Whimsy (Distorted Humor).
El Prado's progeny were very much in the news just this past weekend. The eight-year-old millionaire Fort Prado won Saturday's Kentucky Cup Turf Dash S., and the four-year-old filly Quiet Meadow came within inches of taking the Noble Damsel S. (G3) the same day.
El Prado had stood the 2009 season for $75,000.
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