Saint Liam, winner of this year's Donn (gr. I) and Stephen Foster (gr. I) Handicaps, will be retired from racing after the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships in October and will enter stud next year at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky. The 5-year-old son of Saint Ballado will continue to race solely for William Warren Jr. and his wife, Suzanne.
"He's a lovely individual whose best is yet to come," Farish said. "He has all kinds of speed and showed such brilliance in finishing second by a neck to Ghostzapper in last year's Woodward Stakes (gr. I)."
Saint Liam won the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs over a field that included Perfect Drift and last year's winner, Colonial Colony. His time in the 1 1/8-mile race, 1:47.52, was the second-fastest in the 24 runnings of the event. In the Donn at Gulfstream Park, Saint Liam beat Roses in May by 3 3/4 lengths, with Eddington third.
Saint Liam won the 2004 Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs in his final start of the year. In addition to the Woodward, he also placed in last year's Oaklawn (gr. II) and New Orleans (gr. II) Handicaps.
Saint Liam posted Beyer Speed Figures of 100 or more in his last eight starts, including a 114 in both the Donn and Woodward.
Bred in Kentucky by Edward P. Evans, Saint Liam is a half-brother to graded stakes winner Congressionalhonor and is out of the stakes-winning Quiet American
mare Quiet Dance. "He should prove an outcross because Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector are way back (in the fourth generation)," Farish said about the grandson of Halo.
Saint Liam has won seven races and earned $1,573,395. He was trained first by Tony Reinstedler, then by Richard Dutrow Jr., and was saddled in the Stephen Foster by Bobby Frankel.
Saint Liam will stand as the property of a syndicate. The Warrens will retain an interest in Saint Liam's stallion career. A fee will be announced later.