Stallion Sky Mesa has surgery for colic

Sky Mesa, a leading stallion at Three Chimneys Farm, is recovering from surgery for colic.

The surgery was performed Sunday morning at Rood and Riddle Hospital, according to the farm where he stands for $30,000.

Sky Mesa is the sire of Kentucky Derby hopeful General Quarters, upset winner of the Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs over the weekend. On Saturday, Sky Mesa began showing symptoms of colic that seemed to dissipate with Banamine, said farm president Case Clay, in a press release. But once the medication wore off and the symptoms returned, he was sent for surgery. Clay said that the stallion, who is the leading second-crop sire of 2009 and second on the third-crop sire list for 2009, could resume covering mares on March 15.