Paddy O’Prado Back on Dirt

Paddy O’Prado is the top three year old turf horse in the nation. Despite this, his trainer and owners are aiming him for the $400,000 Secretariat on August 21, a stakes race run over dirt. Trainer Dale Romans’ argument for this is that Paddy does his morning workouts on the dirt and performs just as well.

If Paddy wins on the 21st, it will be Romans’ second win at the Secretariat. His first was in 2004 with the horse Kitten’s Joy. While he admits that Paddy has a long way to go to catch Kitten’s Joy, he is right on course.

Paddy also ran in this year’s Kentucky Derby, where he finished third behind Super Saver and Ice Box.