Grade II Winner El Padrino Retired
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EL PADRINO RETIRED – HALF BROTHER TO VERRAZANO WON Gr.2 RISEN STAR STAKES

Let’s Go Stable has announced that grade two winner and Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender, El Padrino, has been retired from racing.

A $210,000 Keeneland September Yearling, El Padrino was bred in Kentucky by Emory A. Hamilton, consigned by Middlebrook Farm and was trained throughout his career by Todd Pletcher. At two El Padrino was a fast closing second in a seven furlong maiden at Saratoga on his debut, then returned two months later at Belmont Park for a spectacular 12¾ lengths victory. The chestnut completed his two-year-old season missing by just ¾ length and a head, closing fastest of all, in the Remsen Stakes (gr. II).

El Padrino’s three-year-old debut saw him take an 8½ furlong Allowance/Optional contest at Gulfstream Park by two lengths over Take Charge Indy while posting a 100 Beyer Speedfigure, and clocking a mile split almost identical to the winning time of the undefeated Algorithms in the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) two races later. He followed up with a game victory over Mark Valeski in the Risen Star Stakes (gr. II) at Fair Grounds, and completed his Kentucky Derby (gr. I) preparation with a late-closing fourth in the Florida Derby (gr. I). In the Derby itself, El Padrino broke badly, then suffered a rough trip when attempting to progress from the rear of the field, eventually finishing thirteenth.

Let’s Go Racing principals Bryan Sullivan and Kevin Scatuorchio explained that"El Padrino exited the Kentucky Derby with a minor injury to his left fore and though he was poised for a big four-year-old campaign, a recurrence of that same injury knocked us off course for the Donn Handicap (gr. I) this winter".Todd Pletcher added "it's unfortunate that El Padrino won't have a Grade 1 win next to his name, because he certainly demonstrated to us the ability to win at that level. There’s no doubt that he has the talent, looks, and pedigree to be a top-class stallion".

El Padrino is a son of the late A.P. Indy sire, Pulpit, and is the first foal of his dam, Enchanted Rock, a once-raced daughter of Giant’s Causeway. Enchanted Rock’s second foal, Verrazano, who also carries the Let’s Go colors is currently favorite for this year’s Kentucky Derby (gr. I) after going four-for-four, including wins in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) and Wood Memorial Stakes (gr. I). Enchanted Rock is a sister to graded stakes winners Waldoboro and Tara Roma (dam of graded one winner Serra Lake) as well as to the dams of graded scorers Hungry Island, Soaring Empire and Somali Lemonade. El Padrino’s granddam, Chic Shirine, numbered the Ashland Stakes (gr. I) among her victories, and is a sister to the Champion Older Mare, Queena.

No decision has yet been announced regarding El Padrino’s stud career.