from stud duties
SAARLAND, sire of last season's Grade 1-placed two-year-old Collegiate, has been retired from stud duty at the age of ten due to fertility problems. The son of Unbridled was advertised to stand last season at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky at a private fee, but did not cover any mares.
Saarland started his stud career at Hill ‘n' Dale Farm in Kentucky in 2005, where he stood for a single season before transferring to Darby Dan. According to US Jockey Club statistics, Saarland has 58 two-year-olds and 34 yearlings to represent him this year.
Saarland will spend his retirement at majority owner Jess Jackson's farm in California after undergoing tests at the University of California-Davis.
Bred by Cynthia Phipps out of her multiple Grade 1 winner Versailles Treaty, Saarland won five races including the Grade 2 RemsenStakes. He also ran second in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap by a neck to subsequent champion sprinter Aldebaran and third in the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap.
To date, Saarland's first crop of two-year-olds has produced seven winnersfrom 31 starters including Collegiate, third in the Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga in August, and the stakes-placed Saar Treaty.