Liaison - Mervyn Leroy (G2)
Grade 1 winner Liaison will stand at B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, KY and participate in the farm’s Share The Upside program for the 2014 breeding season. Campaigned by trainer Bob Baffert and owners Arnold & Ellen Zetcher, the 4-year-old son of Indian Charlie is being pointed to the Sept. 28 Awesome Again S. (G1) at Santa Anita, and will make his final start in the Breeders’ Cup in November at Santa Anita before retiring to stud.
“Liaison is a Grade 1-winning two-year-old and one of the top performers by Indian Charlie, who was really establishing himself as one of the industry’s elite sires before he died,” said Ned Toffey, Spendthrift general manager. “Physically, Liaison is a tremendous-looking individual with great conformation, and he’s a very sound horse. We believe breeders are going to love him.”
A multiple stakes-winning juvenile, Liaison captured his biggest victory in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (G1) at Hollywood Park. Earlier at two, he broke his maiden at Santa Anita and won the Real Quiet S. at Hollywood, before closing his juvenile campaign out with a three-race win streak that culminated in the CashCall. Liaison was ranked in the top five of weighted two-year-olds in North America on the 2011 Experimental Free Handicap at 120 lbs.
At three, Liaison raced exclusively in top graded stakes, placing in races like the Jim Dandy S. (G2), Swaps S. (G2), and Affirmed S. (G3). In 2013, he captured the Santana Mile S. at Santa Anita in his seasonal debut in March before winning the Mervyn LeRoy H. (G2) at Hollywood in May over Kettle Corn, earning a career-high 107 Beyer. Liaison, who currently has earnings of $767,038, will join Uncle Mo as the only Grade 1-winning juveniles at stud by the late Indian Charlie when he retires to Spendthrift.
A $290,000 yearling, Liaison is out of the multiple stakes-winning mare Galloping Gal, by Victory Gallop. For more information about Liaison or the Share The Upside program, please contact Ken Wilkins, Des Dempsey, or Mark Toothaker at 859-294-0030, or visit www.SpendthriftFarm.com.