by | 11.17.2010 | 12:46am
By Ray Paulick
Three Chimneys stallion Sky Mesa, the leading second-crop sire of 2008, underwent colic surgery Sunday morning and is expected to miss at least a month of the breeding season that got under way this past week. The 9-year-old son of Pulpit out of the graded stakes-winning Storm Cat mare Caress, is recovering at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital near Lexington, where Dr. Scott Hopper performed the surgery.

“The surgery went really well and we expect a full recovery,” said Case Clay, president of Three Chimneys. “A six-inch incision was made, there was some displacement but no re-secting was required. We expect him back at the farm Wednesday or Thursday, and on the advice of our veterinarian, Dr. (Jim) Morehead, we're going to target mid-March for him to start covering mares.” Clay said Sky Mesa covered one mare  before experiencing colic symptoms on Saturday that eventually led to Sunday's surgery.

“Sky Mesa was showing mild to moderate signs of colic on Saturday, but they seemed to dissipate with Banamine,” said Clay. “Once the Banamine wore off and we saw the symptoms returning, we made the decision to send him to Rood and Riddle.”

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Currently second on the third-crop sire list behind Harlan's Holiday, Sky Mesa was represented on Saturday by Grade 3 winner General Quarters, who posted an upset at Tampa Bay Downs in the Sam F. Davis Stakes for 3-year-olds. General Quarters is one of eight stakes winners from the first two crops by Sky Mesa.

Sky Mesa raced for John and Debbie Oxley and was trained by John Ward. Unbeaten as a 2-year-old, Sky Mesa won the Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga and the Grade 2 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Saratoga, but suffered an ankle injury on the eve of the 2002 Breeders' Cup and was scratched from the Grade 1 Juvenile. He raced three times as a 3-year-old, failing to win, but finished second in the Grade 1 Haskell and third in the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes.

Bred by Harbor View Farm, Sky Mesa was purchased by the Oxleys for $750,000 at the 2001 Keeneland September yearling sale. He stands for $30,000, due when the foal stands and nurses.

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