10/23/2006 12:00AM

A.P. Warrior sold, retired


The deal was finalized late last week, trainer John Shirreffs said. Owned by Stan Fulton, A.P. Warrior won 4 of 13 starts and $548,595. He finished third in the Grade 2 Oak Tree Derby on Oct. 14 in his final start.

"The decision was made by Mr. Fulton," Shirreffs said of the retirement. "There was no injury at all. He's fine."

A.P. Warrior was trained by Eoin Harty at the start of his career and transferred to Shirreffs earlier this year. He made seven starts for Shirreffs, winning the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on dirt in March and the Grade 2 La Jolla Handicap on turf in August. In between, he finished third in the Santa Anita Derby and was 18th in the Kentucky Derby.

"I think he was good on both surfaces," Shirreffs said. "He was very versatile. I always thought he was very tenacious. When horses came to him he really dug in."