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.
El Prado’s other world-class sons include hot freshman sire Kitten’s Joy, who
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.