Northview PA loses El Padrino at 8

ea09254cbdf5b31812ee7dc63f7b40f74f723699Current Mid-Atlantic leading freshman and 2-year-old sire El Padrino, 8, was euthanized on Wednesday, Nov. 22 following a series of bouts with colic and subsequent surgeries at New Bolton Center. 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.

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 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 Grade 2 Remsen. At 3 he captured the Risen Star Stakes (G2) in near record time of 1:42.96 for 1 1⁄16 miles.

From a deep family that includes champion Queena, Grade 1-winning second and third dams Chic Shirine and Too Chic, and Grade 1-winning millionaire half-brother, Verrazano, El Padrino was a hit when he entered stud, covering 89 mares his first season and 109 the second. 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. His most recent winner was first-time starter Eagle Terrace at Laurel Park on Nov. 17.