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Sky Mesa undergoes colic surgery

SKY Mesa, last year's leading second crop sire in the US, will miss at least a month of the new breeding season after undergoing colic surgery at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky on Sunday.

Dr. Scott Hooper performed the surgery on the nine-year-old son of Pulpit, who will stand this season at Three Chimneys Farm for $30,000.

According to Three Chimneys, Sky Mesa should be well enough to return to the farm by Thursday at the latest.

Sky Mesa leapt to the top of last year's US secondseason sires' table after siring six individual Graded stakes winners including Grade 1 Frizette Stakes winner Sky Diva and Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity runner-up Terrain, who is now under consideration for the Kentucky Derby.

Only on Saturday, another Kentucky Derby hopeful emerged by the stallion in Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes winner General Quarters.

Sky Mesa went through his juvenile season unbeaten for trainer John Ward, capturing three races including the Grade1 Hopeful Stakes. Although winless in three starts as a three-year-old, he ran second in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational Handicap and third in the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes.




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