Leading Thoroughbred Sire Awesome Again Has Colic Surgery

Awesome Again, the leading active sire of Breeders' Cup winners, is recuperating from colic surgery performed the morning of Sept. 13 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, located in Lexington, Ky.

"Awesome Again had an exploratory celiotomy (abdominal surgery) the morning of Sept. 13 for a strangulating lipoma (fatty tumor) of the small colon," said attending surgeon Alan Ruggles, DVM, Dipl. ACVS. "At this time his prognosis is considered favorable barring further complications. He has recovered from general anesthesia and is resting comfortably in his stall (at Rood & Riddle)." Awesome Again stands at Frank Stronach's Adena Springs in Paris, Ky. General manager Eric Hamelback and resident veterinarian Tom Little, DVM, are closely monitoring the stallion's recovery.

Awesome Again, the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic winner, is the sire of 11 grade I winners including four Breeders' Cup winners, led by 2004 Classic winner and Horse of the Year Ghostzapper.

Seventeen-year old Awesome Again (Deputy Minister--Primal Force, by Blushing Groom) stood for $50,000 in 2011.

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