Stallion Monarchos undergoes emergency surgery for colic

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For the second time in about a year, 2001 Kentucky Derby winner and Nuckols Farm stallion Monarchos is battling colic.  The farm reports that the 14-year-old was rushed to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute Tuesday night to undergo emergency colic surgery.  Charles Nuckols III said Monarchos was recuperating and that updates on his progress would be available at a later date. 

The John C. Oxley-owned stallion had colic surgery in April 2011 and successfully recovered.

As a racehorse, the son of Maria’s Mon won four of 10 starts for lifetime earnings of more than $1.7 million.  In 2001, he won the Kentucky Derby with the second-fastest time in history, joining Secretariat as the only other winner to break the two-minute mark.

As a sire, his top earners among 28 stakes horses include champion Informed Decision, who won the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, and Win Willy, winner of the 2011 Oaklawn Handicap.

After being bred to 30 mares in 2011, Monarchos stood for a fee of $4,000 this year.

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  • Win Willy

    Get well soon Dad

  • Ida Lee

    I hope he does great with his surgery and will get back to “dating” soon. I worry so much about colic especially since we lost my beloved Kip Deville after a long struggle.  Monarchos is such a pretty boy…and so talented.  By the way, thank you so much for the lovely Informed Decision…loved her so much…and Win Willy, low key but still liked him.

  • FDF

    Farm & stallion managers must realize that most of these stallions are getting fed too rich a diet and not getting enough real exercise…it’s no wonder so many get colic!!

  • In tears

    FDF is very correct, look how  over weight he is in that picture. Lower the protien diet and put him on a walker. Hope his recovery goes well

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