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Leading US sire El Prado's fertility declines

LEADING US sire El Prado, a 20-year-old son of Sadler's Wells, has experienced declining fertility this season, according to a report on aapracing.com.

A champion sire in the US, and the first sire to get Grade 1 winners on the turf, dirt and polytrack, El Prado, who is resident at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs Stud, Kentucky, covered 54 mares this spring at a fee of $75,000.

"El Prado is an older horse, and his fertility is declining, but he's definitely not done," Adena Springs manager Eric Hamelback revealed to aapracing.com.  "He had 76 per cent of his mares in foal, but his fertility declined later in the season. We reduced his numbers and he managed one mare a day."

El Pradohas sired 74 stakes winners, including leading second-season stallion and recent Darley purchase Medaglia D'Oro.

El Prado's best European runners include Spanish Moon, winner of this season's Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, and theGroup 2 winner Lord Admiral. He is also sire of Golden Century, the Andre Fabre-trained and Sheikh Mohammed-owned winner of this season's Group 3 Prix Daphnis.

"El Prado will continue to cover mares in 2010 if he remains healthy," added Hamelback.  "We want to make sure we do right by El Prado because he definitely has done right by us.  Mr Stronach is always one to take care of the horse first."

 

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