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US Sire Saarland Dies After Farm Accident
US Gr2-winning 10-year-old stallion Saarland (Unbridled-Versailles Treaty, by Danzig) "died because of injuries suffered after running into a feeder" while stabled at the ranch of part-owner Jess Jackson in California, reported bloodhorse.com. In January, Saarland had been pensioned from stallion duty because of fertility problems & sent to the University Of California for an examination & treatment. On the track, Saarland (whose dam Versailles Treaty was a Gr1-winner) recorded 5 wins (including the Gr2 Remsen Stakes as a 2YO, plus 5 graded stakes-placings) from 21 races for US$595,250 earnings. Saarland last stood at Darby Dan Farm: his percentage of live foals from his 2005 matings in his 1st year at stud was 75%, but slipped to 56% in 2006 & 49% in 2007. Saarland did not cover any mares in 2008. His initial 2 crops include 2008 Gr1 stakes-placed Collegiate & 2009 stakes-winner Saarlight.