02/23/2004 1:00AM

With Anticipation retired


With Anticipation, a five-time Grade 1 winner who earned more than $2.6 million, has been retired at age 9. The retirement comes after With Anticipation after reinjured his pastern during a workout for last Sunday's Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap.

With Anticipation is a homebred son of Relaunch owned by George Strawbridge Jr.'s Augustin Stable. He was trained throughout his career by Jonathan Sheppard.

"He reinjured the same area below his ankle that he injured while training for the Sword Dancer last summer at Saratoga," Sheppard said Monday.

"It's a little tear, not a bow, but the injury was a little worse than the original one. After discussing the options with Mr. Strawbridge, we decided enough is enough and that it made no sense to try to push our luck any further."

With Anticipation is currently stabled at Gulfstream. Sheppard said he will either remain at the track or be sent to Sheppard's farm in Camden, S.C., until the temperatures moderate up north, then ship to Strawbridge's farm in Cochranville, Pa.

With Anticipation retires with 15 victories from 48 starts. Five of those wins came on dirt, although his career didn't take off until Sheppard switched him over to grass on a permanent basis during the spring of 2001.

With Anticipation won the Grade 1 Sword Dancer twice (2001-2002), the Grade 1 Man o' War twice (2001-2002), and the Grade 1 United Nations (2002). He also crossed the wire first in the 2001 United Nations but lost that victory because of a controversial stewards disqualification. He also finished second in the 2002 Breeders' Cup Turf.