Saint Liam, the 2005 Eclipse Award winner as horse of the Year, was euthanized Tuesday after injuring his hind leg, according to a newspaper report.
The 6-year-old stallion, who won the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Belmont Park last October, was being led to his paddock at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky., when he slipped and fell, suffering a left tibial fracture.
He was taken to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, where he was euthanized, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on its website.
Dr. Larry Bramlage, who examined Saint Liam when he arrived at the hospital, said there was no treatment possible on the injury.
“The bone is a long bone and extremely hard and ... when he broke it, it just exploded,” Bramlage told the paper. “He had the bottom half of the bone in approximately 20 pieces. The fracture left no intact pieces above the joint that we could use to anchor screws or plates.”
Saint Liam, a son of Saint Ballado and trained by Richard Dutrow, won nine of his 20 career starts and earned $4,456,995.
A message was left seeking comment from Lane’s End Farm.