Saint Ballado

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Saint Ballado
Sire Halo
Grandsire Hail to Reason
Dam Ballade
Damsire Herbager
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1989
Country Canada
Colour Brown
Breeder Windfields Farm
Owner Taylor Made Farm and Aaron and Marie Jones
Trainer Clint C. Goodrich
Record 9: 4-2-0
Earnings $302,820
Major wins
Arlington Classic (1992)
Sheridan Stakes (1992)
Leading sire in North America (2005)

Saint Ballado was a Canadian thoroughbred racehorse born in 1989. Sired by Halo and out of a Herbager mare Ballade, he became a leading North American sire.[1]

Race career[edit]

In 1990, Saint Ballado was purchased at a Keeneland yearling sale for $90,000 by Tartan Farms. The price was thought to be low for the full brother to the champion Glorious Song, but bidders were put off by his crooked forelegs. Saint Ballado's race record spanned fewer than ten starts. In August 1991, he started in his first race. However, he did not break his maiden until the following year in his second time out. By his fourth race, he had his second win. He was then moved into stakes races and was unplaced in two Grade II events. Trainer Clint Goodrich moved him to Arlington Park and entered him in the Grade III Sheridan Stakes, which he won by seven lengths. Saint Ballado was then entered in the Arlington Classic Stakes, then a Grade II stakes. He won the race by 4 and a half lengths pulling away. In his next start, he finished fourth in the Grade I Haskell Invitational.[2] Saint Ballado retired after the Invitational, his career possibly cut short by his conformation faults.[3]

Breeding career[edit]

Saint Ballado was the son of Halo, who had sired many classic and stakes winners. One of the most famous was Kentucky Derby winner and leading sire in Japan Sunday Silence. He also produced the 1983 Kentucky Derby winner, Sunny's Halo, and Goodbye Halo, the winner of the 1988 Kentucky Oaks. Saint Ballado’s mother was the Herbager mare Ballade. Ballade was also the dam of Canadian Horse of the Year Glorious Song and Champion Two-Year-Old Devil's Bag. In 1993, Saint Ballado began his breeding career in Florida at Ocala Stud Farms for (USD) $2,500. At his death in 2002, his fee had jumped to over 50 times his original fee to (USD) $125,000. By that time, he had been relocated to Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky. In 2005, Saint Ballado was awarded Leading Sire of the Year with his progeny earning over $9.2 million that year alone. His offspring have also done very well in yearlings sales. For example, Word of Mouth sold for $2.6 million, and Warhol sold for $4 million.[4]

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Saint Ballado was euthanized in October 2002 after "surgery to correct clinical signs associated with a compressive cervical myelopathy." He died as a relatively young stallion at the age of 13 and was buried at Taylor Made Farm, where he spent his last years standing at stud.[5]


  1. ^ Ballado Retrieved: December 11, 2011
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  3. ^ Thoroughbred Times Retrieved: March 18, 2012
  4. ^ BALLADO'S LEGACY Retrieved: March 18, 2012
  5. ^ Saint Ballado Euthanized: Retrieved on 2011-12-11