2001 Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos recovering from colic surgery

by | 04.20.2011 | 8:46am

Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos is recovering from colic surgery performed Tuesday but without further complications may be covering mares within three to four weeks at Nuckols Farm in Midway, Ky. The surgery was done at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute near Lexington.

Charles Nuckols III said “the surgery consisted of straightening multiple twists of the small intestine but there was no sectioning required and barring any complications the 13-year-old stallion is expected to recover and begin servicing mares again in three to four weeks.

“We are of course concerned for the horse,” Nuckols said of the 2001 Kentucky Derby winner, “but extremely encouraged by his prognosis and we are in the process of contacting all season and share holders to notify them of the situation.”

Ten years ago next month Monarchos ran the second fastest Kentucky Derby in history in 1:59.97, joining Secretariat as the only winners to cover the mile and a quarter distance in less than two minutes. He also won the Grade I Florida Derby, finished second in the Wood Memorial S.-G1 and third in the Belmont S.-G1, earning $1.7 million for owner John Oxley.

Bred in Kentucky by Jim Squires, Monarchos is the sire of Informed Decision, 2009 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner. Earlier this month his son Win Willy won the Grade II Oaklawn H. earning a 107 Beyer and establishing him as one of the nation's leading older horses.

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