10/31/2001 12:00AM

Aptitude retired to stud; Albert's fee set at $10k


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Grade 1-winning millionaire Aptitude, whose 10-length win in the 2001 Jockey Club Gold Cup earned the year's top Beyer Speed Figure of 123, has been retired to stud at Juddmonte Farms, the Lexington, Ky., nursery owned by the colt's owner and breeder, Khalid Abdullah. Aptitude, who finished eighth as the favorite in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 27, will stand for a $25,000 fee in 2002.

Another Breeders' Cup Classic competitor, third-place finisher Albert the Great, had his fee set Wednesday at $10,000. Owner Tracy Farmer previously had announced he would retire the colt, who now has earnings of just over $3 million, to Three Chimneys in Midway after the Classic.

Also Kentucky-bound are Brahms, sixth in the Breeders' Cup Mile, who will retire to Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery in Lexington, where he will stand for $12,500, and Broken Vow and Five Star Day, both Grade 2 winners, who will stand for $10,000 at Pin Oak Stud in Versailles and Wintergreen Stallion Station in Midway, respectively.

Aptitude (A. P. Indy-Dokki, by Northern Dancer), trained by Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, will be best remembered for his dominating performance in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and for his second-place finishes in two legs of the 2000 Triple Crown, behind Fusaichi Pegasus in the Kentucky Derby and behind Commendable in the Belmont.

The 4-year-old has two Grade 1 wins to his credit - the first, in the 2001 Hollywood Gold Cup, coming by way of Futural's disqualification - and retires with lifetime earnings of $1,965,410 from a 15-5-4-2 record.

This year, Aptitude also won the Grade 2 Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap by a 4 1/2 lengths.

Albert the Great, a son of Go for Gin out of the Fappiano mare Bright Feather, won the Grade 2 Brooklyn and Suburban handicaps, and Grade 3 Widener this year. He retires with a record of 22-8-6-4.

Brahms (Danzig-Queena, by Mr. Prospector) began his career in Europe, where he was Group 1-placed before being purchased by a partnership headed by Tom Van Meter II.

In the United States, Brahms finished second, beaten by a head, in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby last year but was awarded the race on a disqualification. He also won the Grade 3 River City Handicap last year. He retires with a 17-5-4-4 record and $843,226 in earnings.

Broken Vow (Unbridled-Wedding Vow, by Nijinsky II) retires with a career record of 14-9-2-2, including a win in the Grade 2 Philip H. Iselin Handicap, and earnings of $725,296.

Five Star Day (Carson City-Reggie V, by Vanlandingham), an earner of $575,365, retires with a lifetime record of 16-6-5-0. Winner of the Grade 2 A. G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga this year, he finished eighth in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

* David, a multiple stakes winner, has been moved to Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains, N.Y., for the 2002 breeding season, where he will stand for $3,000 live foal. American Chance has been moved to Questroyal Stud, near Hudson, N.Y., where he will stand for $10,000.