Congrats, A.P. Indy’s only champion freshman sire, is recovering in good order following colic surgery late last month in Australia, where he was wrapping up his shuttling obligations at Vinery Australia for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season.
“Congrats became uncomfortable late last month and was sent to Scone Equine Hospital where an exploratory laparotomy was performed,” said Peter Orton, General Manager at Vinery Australia. “He is back home in his own stall at Vinery Australia, and continues to do very well.”
Orton added that an incision was made in the small intestine to relieve some material, however no gut was removed.
“We were relieved to hear Congrats is doing well,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar Farm President & CEO. “After discussing the situation with Peter, we plan to ship him back to WinStar by the end of January, and expect that he’ll be ready to cover mares by the first week of March. A few years back, Speightstown had colic surgery in the same month and covered a full book of mares, so we are optimistic.”
Congrats enjoyed a banner year in 2014, notably with his first Kentucky crop of 2-year-olds that ranked him as the No. 4 Juvenile Sire in North America. A former champion freshman sire in North America, Congrats was led in 2014 by promising 2-year-olds such as unbeaten Tempted S. (G3) winner Jacaranda, and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) & Alcibiades S. (G1) runner-up Top Decile, among others. Congrats led all stallions from the prolific A.P. Indy sire line on the 2014 Juvenile Sires List.
For more information about Congrats, please contact Darren Fox or Kyle Wilson at 859-873-1717.