Pensioned Stallion Saarland Dead
Photo: Maryland Jockey Club, Jim McCue
Saarland's daughter Saarlight won the Wide Country Stakes at Laurel on March 7.

Saarland, who was one of the top 2-year-olds of 2001, died March 11 because of injuries suffered after running into a feeder. He was stabled at the ranch of part owner Jess Jackson near Santa Rosa, Calif.

A 10-year-old son of Unbridled, Saarland was pensioned from stallion duty because of declining fertility and sent to the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine for an examination and treatment.

"When he was at Davis, they worked on his testicle, and the results were encouraging,” said Kevin McGee, vice president of Jackson’s California farm.

McGee sent word to Davis about Saarland’s accident at the ranch. “By the time they got here, it was too late,” he said.

Saarland, who raced as a homebred for the late Cynthia Phipps, won the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct at 2. In his four years of racing, he captured five of 21 races and earned $595,250 while trained by Shug McGaughey.

Saarland, who was out of the grade I-winning Danzig mare Versailles Treaty, entered stud in 2005 at John Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms near Lexington. After one year there, he was moved to John Phillips’ Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.

Saarland was represented by his first stakes winner March 7. His 3-year-old daughter Saarlight won the Wide Country Stakes at Laurel.
 

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