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Mathea Kelley

GI Winner Liaison to Stand at Spendthrift

Arnold and Ellen Zetcher's CashCall Futurity winner to finish season before retiring.

Grade I winner Liaison  will stand at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm in Lexington following his retirement at the end of the season, and will participate in the farm's "Share The Upside" program for the 2014 breeding season.

Campaigned by trainer Bob Baffert and owners Arnold and Ellen Zetcher, the 4-year-old son of Indian Charlie is being pointed to the Sept. 28 Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park, and is to make his final start in the Breeders' Cup in November at Santa Anita before retiring to stud.

"Liaison is a grade I-winning 2-year-old and one of the top performers by Indian Charlie, who was really establishing himself as one of the industry's elite sires before he died," said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. "Physically, Liaison is a tremendous-looking individual with great conformation, and he's a very sound horse. We believe breeders are going to love him."

A multiple stakes-winning juvenile, Liaison's biggest victory came in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park. Earlier at 2, he broke his maiden at Santa Anita and won the Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood. Liaison was ranked in the top five of weighted 2-year-olds in North America on the 2011 Experimental Free Handicap at 120 pounds.

At 3, Liaison raced exclusively in graded stakes, placing in races like the Jim Dandy (gr. II), Swaps (gr. II), and Affirmed (gr. III). In 2013, he captured the Santana Mile S. at Santa Anita in his seasonal debut in March before winning the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) at Hollywood in May over Kettle Corn , earning a career-high 107 Beyer.

Liaison, who currently has earnings of $767,038, will join Uncle Mo  as the only grade I-winning juveniles at stud by Indian Charlie when he retires to Spendthrift.

A $290,000 yearling, Liaison is out of the multiple stakes-winning mare Galloping Gal, by Victory Gallop. The bay colt was bred in Kentucky by the William A. Carl Estate.