Paddy O'Prado storms home in G2 Dixie
Saturday, May 21, 2011

Paddy O'Prado made up nearly 10 lengths in the last three furlongs to capture the $200,000 Dixie S. (G2) over the Pimlico turf course on May 21.  Paddy O'Prado is owned by Donegal Racing. (Watch Race)

The Dixie was the first start of the year for the 4-year-old son of El Prado (IRE), who was fifth last year's Breeders Cup Classic (G1). He had laid up and trained over the winter at WinStar Farm prior to returning to Dale Roman's barn in March. 

Romans has had his share of success training for WinStar with stakes horses such as Solemn Promise, Extended Family, and Sharp Humor.

In the Dixie, jockey Kent Desormeaux had Paddy O'Prado near the back of the seven horse Dixie field while Baryshnikov held the lead through leisurely fractions of 24.76 seconds for the quarter, 49.07 for the half-mile, and 1:14.21 for six furlongs on the “good” turf course. Making his move at the quarter pole, Desormeaux went five wide around the final turn to roll down the lane and reel in the pacesetter inside the final furlong. The official margin was three lengths as “Paddy” pulled away late to stop the timer in 1:53.56 for the 1 1/8 miles.

“He had to reach up and find his class from the three-sixteenths to eighth pole,” Desormeaux said. “Once he gutted that out and got near [Baryshnikov] I found him to be a lot more of a racehorse to get by him.”

Said Romans: “It was a big race first time back. I was a little concerned, but when he made his move around the turn I knew he was good enough to keep it up.”

Paddy O'Prado sold to Donegal, led by Jerry Crawford, at the 2008 Keeneland September Sale for $105,000. The gray/roan, bred in Kentucky by Winchell Thoroughbreds, has earned the bulk of his $1,721,297 on the turf. He broke his maiden on the grass in the Grade 3 Palm Beach S., then ran second in the Blue Grass (G1) to set up his third place finish in the 2010 Kentucky Derby (G1).

After running sixth in the Preakness (G1), Paddy O’Prado returned to the grass and reeled off victories in the Colonial Turf Cup (G2), Virginia Derby (G2) and the Secretariat (G1) before running second in the Turf Classic Invitational (G1) at Belmont Park in his first test against older horses. His record now stands at 5-3-3 from 14 starts.

Tammy the Torpedo fires big in Suwanee River S. (G3) title=
More Than Ready

Tammy the Torpedo fires big in Suwanee River S. (G3)

More Than Ready got his newest graded stakes winner on Saturday at Gulfstream Park as 4-year-old Tammy the Torpedo led the entire way to take the $150,000 Suwanee River S. (G3)...

[read more]

Colonel John filly dominates Santa Anita’s Wishing Well S. title=
Colonel John

Colonel John filly dominates Santa Anita’s Wishing Well S.

Cadet Roni proved much the best in the $75,000 Wishing Well S. Sunday at Santa Anita Park, splashing to a 6 ¾-length victory...

[read more]

Colonel John has 2 of top 12 on Experimental Free Handicap title=
Colonel John

Colonel John has 2 of top 12 on Experimental Free Handicap

The Jockey Club released the 2015 Experimental Free Handicap on Jan. 29, and Colonel John was the only stallion to have more than one 2-year-old colt ranked in the top 12...

[read more]

Stirring finish for Coastline in Clocker’s Corner S. title=
Speightstown

Stirring finish for Coastline in Clocker’s Corner S.

Speightstown’s talented and consistent son Coastline notched the second stakes win of his career Sunday in Santa Anita Park’s $75,000 Clocker’s Corner S...

[read more]

Haveyougoneaway gets the nod in Oaklawn’s American Beauty S. title=
Congrats

Haveyougoneaway gets the nod in Oaklawn’s American Beauty S.

Congrat’s Haveyougoneaway found an opening along the rail in the stretch on the way to her neck victory in Saturday’s $100,000 American Beauty S. at Oaklawn Park...

[read more]

Teniente Coronel dominates Freemont S. title=
Colonel John

Teniente Coronel dominates Freemont S.

Colonel John’s Teniente Coronel turned in the best performance of his career in the $70,000 Freemont S...

[read more]

Constellation sparkles in 2016 bow title=
Bellamy Road

Constellation sparkles in 2016 bow

Constellation dominated her foes in Sunday’s $100,000 Ruthless S. at Aqueduct by a whopping 10 lengths...

[read more]

American Pharoah takes home Horse of the Year, 3-year-old Male Eclipse Awards title=
Pioneerof the Nile

American Pharoah takes home Horse of the Year, 3-year-old Male Eclipse Awards

The final crowning achievement on American Pharoah’s historic racing career came on Saturday evening when the son of Pioneerof the Nile was honored with Eclipse Awards for 2015 Horse of the Year and 3-year-old Male.

[read more]

Runhappy runaway Eclipse Sprint Champion title=
Super Saver

Runhappy runaway Eclipse Sprint Champion

Super Saver’s outstanding speedster Runhappy came home with the first Eclipse Award for his sire when he was named 2015’s Champion Sprinter at the Eclipse Awards ceremony on Saturday evening...

[read more]

Sonny Inspired first SW of ’16 for Artie Schiller title=
Artie Schiller

Sonny Inspired first SW of ’16 for Artie Schiller

Sonny Inspired kicked off his 2016 campaign on Saturday with a 1 ¾-length victory in the $75,000 Fire Plug S. at Laurel Park...

[read more]