Saint Liam

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Saint Liam
SireSaint Ballado
DamQuiet Dance
DamsireQuiet American
FoaledApril 13, 2000
CountryUnited States
BreederEdward P. Evans
OwnerMr. & Mrs. William K. Warren, Jr.
TrainerRichard E. Dutrow, Jr.
Record20: 9-6-1
Major wins
Clark Handicap (2004)
Donn Handicap (2005)
Stephen Foster Handicap (2005)
Woodward Stakes (2005)
Breeders' Cup Classic (2005)
U.S. Champion Older Male Horse (2005)
American Horse of the Year (2005)
Last updated on October 2, 2006

Saint Liam (April 13, 2000 – August 22, 2006) was an American thoroughbred racehorse who was voted 2005 Eclipse Award Horse of the Year honors after winning the Donn Handicap, Stephen Foster, Woodward Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic. He died in 2006 due to a freak accident, leaving behind a single crop of foals that included Horse of the Year Havre de Grace.


Saint Liam was a bay stallion bred in Kentucky by Edward Evans. He was sired by Saint Ballado, a stakes-winning son of Halo. His dam was Quiet Dance, a graded-stakes placed daughter of Quiet American. Another foal of Quiet Dance, Quiet Giant, subsequently became the dam of 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner. The family traces to the Hall of Fame racemare Gallorette.[1]

Saint Liam was sold at the 2001 Fasig-Tipton Yearling sale for $130,000 to William Warren Jr and his wife Suzanne. Warren named the colt after his father. The horse was originally trained by Anthony Reinstedler but was transferred in 2004 to the barn of Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.[1]

Despite generally good conformation, Saint Liam had small feet with thin soles and a thin hoof wall.[1] Dutrow worked closely with veterinarian Steve Allday and farrier Alex Leaf to keep him sound.[2]

Racing Career[edit]

Saint Liam was unraced as a two-year-old. At age three, he started in three races, earning his best result with a 2nd in the Iowa Derby. In his four-year-old season, Saint Liam won the Grade II Clark Handicap and lost the Grade I Woodward Stakes by a neck to eventual 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper.

In 2005, Saint Liam captured four Grade I races, including the Donn Handicap, the Stephen Foster Handicap, and the Woodward Stakes. He was second in the Grade I Whitney Handicap to Commentator. In his last race, jockey Jerry Bailey rode him to victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic, after which he was retired with a record of 9-6-1 in 20 races and career earnings of $4,456,995.

Stud Career[edit]

Saint Liam was standing at stud at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky when, in a freak accident in August 2006 he slipped and fell, suffering an untreatable left tibial fracture. The 6-year-old stallion was humanely euthanized at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Before his death he covered a number of mares, 115 of which were in foal and 96 that had foals that went on to race.

On January 11, 2007, his first foal (named Billy's Punch) was born to the Seattle Slew mare Slewzig. Saint Liam's most notable offspring is Havre de Grace (foaled May 12, 2007, out of Easter Brunette by Carson City) who won the 2011 HOTY Title while capturing the Azeri, Woodward, Beldame, Apple Blossom H., and Obeah Stakes, and running against males in the Breeders' Cup Classic.[3]

Campus building named Saint Liam[edit]

In 2007, the Warrens donated $8 million to the University of Notre Dame for the refurbishment of the health center, which was renamed Saint Liam Hall. The Warrens are prominent donors to the University of Notre Dame; the Notre Dame golf course is called the Warren Golf Course. The university stated the building was named in honor of Mr. Warren's father William K. Warren, Sr. (Liam is Irish for William) and his namesake Saint William of York, and makes no mention of the racehorse.[4]

Race Record[edit]

Date Track Race Distance Finish
2/22/2003 Gulfstream Park Maiden 7 Furlongs 2
3/28/2003 Gulfstream Park Maiden 1 116 Miles 1
4/12/2003 Oaklawn Park Arkansas Derby 1 18 Miles 7
5/23/2003 Churchill Downs Allowance 1 116 Miles 2
6/8/2003 Churchill Downs Allowance 1 116 Miles 1
7/5/2003 Prairie Meadows Iowa Derby 1 116 Miles 2
8/4/2003 Saratoga Race Course Hall of Fame Handicap 1 116 Miles Turf 10
8/24/2003 Saratoga Race Course Allowance 1 18 Miles 6
12/12/2003 Aqueduct Racetrack Allowance 1 116 Miles Inner dirt 1
1/18/2004 Gulfstream Park Allowance 1 116 Miles 1
2/29/2004 Fair Grounds Race Course New Orleans Handicap 1 18 Miles 2
4/3/2004 Oaklawn Park Oaklawn Handicap 1 18 Miles 3
9/11/2004 Belmont Park Woodward Stakes 1 18 Miles 2
11/26/2004 Churchill Downs Clark Handicap 1 18 Miles 1
2/5/2005 Gulfstream Park Donn Handicap 1 18 Miles 1
3/4/2005 Santa Anita Park Santa Anita Handicap 1 14 Miles 6
6/18/2005 Churchill Downs Stephen Foster Handicap 1 18 Miles 1
8/6/2005 Saratoga Race Course Whitney Handicap 1 18 Miles 2
9/10/2005 Belmont Park Woodward Stakes 1 18 Miles 1
10/29/2005 Belmont Park Breeders' Cup Classic 1 14 Miles 1


Pedigree of Saint Liam
Saint Ballado
Halo Hail To Reason Turn-to
Cosmah Cosmic Bomb
Ballade Herbager Vandale
Miss Swapsco Cohoes
Quiet Dance
Quiet American Fappiano Mr. Prospector
Demure Dr. Fager
Quiet Charm
Misty Dancer Lyphard Northern Dancer
Flight Dancer Misty Flight


  1. ^ a b c "Saint Liam (horse)". American Classic Pedigrees. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  2. ^ Haskin, Steve. "Saint Be Praised". Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Oaklawn Park- April 15, 2011- Race 10". Retrieved 19 June 2011.
  4. ^ [1]