10/08/2013 4:08PM

Liaison retired to Spendthrift


Grade 1 winner Liaison has been retired and, as previously announced, will begin his stud career in 2014 at B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky. He will stand for $10,000, stands and nurses, while participating in the farm’s ‘Share The Upside’ program.

The 4-year-old Indian Charlie colt, conditioned by Bob Baffert for owners Arnold and Ellen Zetcher, finished sixth in the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes on Sept. 28 at Santa Anita Park in his career finale.

“Liaison retires as a very sound horse after racing at the highest of levels for three straight years, and we’re happy to have him at the farm and available for breeders to come out and see,” Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey said. “Liaison is a tremendous-looking individual with great conformation, and obviously he’s a Grade 1-winning 2-year-old by Indian Charlie, like [champion] Uncle Mo. We believe breeders are going to love him.”

Liaison, who is out of the stakes-winning Victory Gallop mare Galloping Gal, won five of 18 career starts for earnings of $767,288. He scored his biggest victory as a juvenile, when he captured the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity. He also won that season’s Real Quiet Stakes, and scored two stakes victories this year, in the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap and the Santana Mile. He placed in four other graded stakes events.