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Leading sire El Prado dies in Kentucky

EL PRADO, founder of a flourishing branch of the Sadler's Wells sire-line in the US, died of a heart attack on Monday morning at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs in Kentucky.

Bred at Vincent O'Brien's Lyonstown Stud out of Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Lady Capulet, El Prado won the Railway, National and Beresford Stakes on his way to being rated Ireland's champion juvenile of 1991.

After failing to win or reach the places in three starts at three, he was purchased for stud duties at Airdrie Stud in Kentucky, before being transferred to Adena Springs in 1998.

Despite entering stud at a lowly $7,500, El Prado ended the 1996 season as the eighth leading first-crop sire.

As his fee increased and better chances were afforded to him, the stakes winners started to flow with even more regularity.
El Prado's fifth crop contained none other than the top-notch performer Medaglia D'Oro, who won the Travers Stakes, Whitney Handicap and Donn Handicap and propelled his sire to become leading US stallion of 2002.

Medaglia D'Oro's own stallion career has taken off in outstanding fashion, with his first crop yielding this year's outstanding US three-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra and Acorn Stakes heroine Gabby's Golden Gal, leading to his purchase by Sheikh Mohammed to join the Darley US stallion roster.

Other top-class performers sired by El Prado include turf stars Kitten's Joy, who sired his 12th first-crop winner in the US on Monday, and Artie Schiller, as well as Borrego, Asi Siempre and this season's Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud and Prix Foy scorer Spanish Moon.

He is also the damsire of Grade 1 winners Laragh and Bit Of Whimsy.

El Prado stood at a high of $125,000 in 2006 and 2007, though for the last two years his fee has been $75,000. He reportedly suffered from declining fertility in recent years.





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