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Saint Liam euthanized after leg fracture

Aug. 23, 2006 at 12:50 PM

VERSAILLES, Ky., Aug. 23 (UPI) -- A badly fractured hind leg left Kentucky veterinarians no choice but to euthanize 6-year-old Saint Liam, the 2005 Horse of the Year.

Bill Farish, a spokesman for Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky., said the stallion became unruly while being led to his paddock Tuesday and fell on his left hind leg.

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Racing for William and Suzanne Warren and trained primarily by Richard Dutrow Jr., the son of Saint Ballado earned $4,456,995 in 20 career starts over three years, the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal reported Wednesday. He won nine races, came second six times and placed third once.

Saint Liam won four Grade I races last year, including the Foster and the Breeders' Cup Classic at Belmont Park, before being retired for stud and chosen as Horse of the Year.

Saint Liam stood for a $50,000 live foal stud fee and had 115 mares in foal, the newspaper said.

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