Buddy's Saint, a graded stakes winner at 2 that had been nearing a return to the races, broke down in a workout on the Belmont Park main track Nov. 14 and was euthanized, according to a statement released by the New York Racing Association.
The 3-year-old son of Saint Liam, trained by Bruce Levine for owner Kingfield Stables, had an impressive 2009 juvenile campaign, including wins in the Nashua and Remsen stakes (both gr. II) at Aqueduct Racetrack.
According to Dr. Anthony Verderosa, chief examining veterinarian of the NYRA, Buddy’s Saint fractured his left shoulder while breezing over Belmont’s main track.
In his only race this year, Buddy’s Saint finished ninth as the 9-5 favorite in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream in February. He was subsequently sidelined with a bone chip in his right front ankle that required surgery.
Buddy's Saint had returned to the work tab on Aug. 28 and had 11 published workouts, the most recent being four furlongs at Belmont in :48.67 on Nov. 8.
Bred in Kentucky by Roy Gottlieb and Morton Fink, the bay colt was out of Tuzia, by Blushing John. Buddy's Saint won two of four starts with one second and earned $218,600.