At the Eclipse Awards in Beverly Hills, CA on Monday, January 23, Breeders' Cup Classic winner Saint Liam
was named 2005 Horse of the Year as well as Champion Older Male. Co-owner Mrs. Suzanne Warren accepts the gold Horse of the Year trophy. She said, "I can't believe this has happened, it's inconceivable. For horse owners, this is the pinnacle. We're astounded. Afleet Alex (second in Horse of the Year voting) was a formidable horse. But he couldn't compete at the right time. It doesn't only take a fast horse, but a sound horse all year long to win this (award). We were very fortunate." Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said, "He was something else and I'm never going to forget him." Co-owner William Warren added, "It's unbelievable. This is better than winning the Kentucky Derby. It's certainly better financially. This horse has finally got me out of the red. After 20 years in this business, I was hobbling along pretty much by myself. I decided I needed to change things." In 2005, the Kentucky-bred Saint Liam earned $4,456,995, won four Grade 1 events and one second in 6 starts.