El Padrino, 8, who was the Mid-Atlantic leading freshman and 2-year-old sire at the time of his death, was euthanized on Wednesday, Nov. 22 following a series of bouts with colic and subsequent surgeries at New Bolton Center in Unionville, Pa.
One of the region’s most popular stallions, the syndicated son of Pulpit stood at Northview PA in Peach Bottom, Pa., since entering stud in 2014.
With 53 2-year-olds in his first crop, he has eight winners from 13 runners, led by Enchanted Star and Whereshetoldmetogo, both stakes on the Owners’ Day card at Delaware Park in September.
Enchanted Star, out of Flirtatious Heart, by Allen's Prospect, first ran second in a maiden special weight at Laurel, then won a waiver maiden claiming race at Laurel and on Sept. 30 won the $75,000, 5 1/2 furlongs Small Wonder Stakes at Delaware Park by three lengths in 1:04.16 over a field of eight.
Whereshetoldmetogo, out of Undisputed Legend, by Domestic Dispute, won a maiden claiming race at Delaware Park in June, ran second in an allowance at Delaware Park, ran sixth in the Sapling Stakes at Monmouth Park and then on Sept. 30 won the $75,000, 5 1/2 furlong First Dash Stakes at Delaware Park by 1/2 length in 1:03.83 over a field of six.
Whereshetoldmetogo then finished fourth in the James F. Lewis Stakes at Laurel on Nov. 11.
EL PADRINO'S most recent winner was first-time starter Eagle Terrace at Laurel Park on Nov. 17.
El Padrino retired as a graded winner with six on-the-board finishes in eight starts and earnings of $326,770.
The flashy chestnut out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Enchanted Rock was a $210,000 Keeneland September sales yearling and was trained by Todd Pletcher for Let’s Go Stable.
A maiden winner at 2 by more than a dozen lengths, he finished the year with a third in the G2 Remsen.
At 3 he captured the G2 Risen Star Stakes in near record time of 1:42.96 for 1 1⁄16 miles.
From a deep family that includes champion Queena, G1-winning second and third dams Chic Shirine and Too Chic, and G1-winning millionaire half-brother, Verrazano, El Padrino was a hit when he entered stud, covering 89 mares his first season and 109 the second.
A Northview Stallion Station press release said that his connections hope that his legacy will be carried on through his final crops of foals, and that he will be sorely missed.