01/06/2010 1:00AM

Awesome Ashley retired


Awesome Ashley, runner-up to Distorted Passion in the Interborough Stakes on New Year's Day, has been retired from racing, trainer Todd Pletcher said Wednesday.

Awesome Ashley, a daughter of Unbridled's Song, won 6 of 27 starts and banked $303,260 for owner Alex Campbell. She won three stakes - all over Aqueduct's inner track - including the Garland of Roses last month.

Distorted Passion, who finished third in the Garland of Roses before winning the Interborough, will be sold at the January horses of all ages sale on Jan. 11.

Meanwhile, Pletcher said Gallant Fox Handicap winner Tiger's Rock and runner-up Nite Light would remain in New York and point to the $60,000 Coyote Lakes Stakes, also at 1 5/8 miles, on Jan. 31.

"There's not that many opportunities for horses like that, but in New York during the winter there's a steady stream of those kind of [marathon] races for him,'' Pletcher said.

About the only horse Pletcher has run recently who didn't run well was Ibboyee, who finished fourth as the 2-5 favorite in the Count Fleet Stakes.

"He seemed to come back fine," Pletcher said. "We're kind of stumped why he didn't perform any better. Physically, he come out of it well. See what the next [condition] book has to offer.''

* Driven by Success, winner of the Hudson Handicap on New York Showcase Day, worked four furlongs in 47.12 seconds Thursday morning over the Belmont training track. It was the fastest of 59 moves at the distance. Races he could run in include the Paumonok here on Jan. 23, the Hollie Hughes on Feb. 15, or the General George at Laurel the same day.