Charles Nuckols III reported late Friday that stallion Monarchos, winner of the 2001 Kentucky Derby, is doing “very well” after emergency colic surgery this week. The 14-year-old is still at the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington after being rushed there Tuesday night. Nuckols said Monarchos has been eating grains and grazing about 10 minutes, three times a day.
“He's not totally out of the woods yet, but he's come a long, long way,” said Nuckols. “He doesn't know he's sick.”
Nuckols said Hagyard veterinarians have been amazed at the recovery Monarchos has made in the last couple of days.
“They cannot believe this guy has such a great heart and ego,” said Nuckols. “I'm like, well, he won the Derby in the 2nd fastest time ever, so yeah, he's got a big heart.”
The son of Maria's Mon, owned by John C. Oxley, also had colic surgery in 2011 and recovered quickly. Nuckols said this case is more serious, but the prognosis is positive so far.
Monarchos has bred 28 stakes horses, including champion Informed Decision, winner of the 2009 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint.
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