Bruised foot leads racehorse into retirement

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Bruised foot leads racehorse into retirement

A racehorse has been retired after it was injured while making a winning comeback last weekend, highlighting the need for equine insurance.

Paddy O'Prado, trained by Dale Romans, picked up a foot bruise in a race on Saturday and will now be rested from racing.

"Today is bittersweet. Paddy returned to training like a big grey monster, and we thought we were sitting on the horse of the year but now he will be able to go on and be a champion sire," said Mr Romans.

He added that the horse was one of the most versatile he has ever worked with, which lead to it competing at all levels on surfaces like turf, dirt and Polytrack.

"It takes a special horse to win or place in Grade One races on all three surfaces," Mr Romans went on to say.

Just three days ago, Paddy and rider Kent Desormeaux were celebrating after the pair won the Preakness Undercard at the 2011 Dixie Stakes.

May 24th 2011

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