01/22/2003 12:00AM

Be My Guest pensioned


Irish stallion Be My Guest has been retired at age 29, the Racing Post reported Wednesday. A son of Northern Dancer, Be My Guest is the sire of Go and Go, winner of the 1990 Belmont Stakes, and such European champions as Pentire, Assert, and Luth Enchantee.

Be My Guest stood at Coolmore Stud's Irish headquarters in County Tipperary and will retire there.

Be My Guest, who was out of What a Treat (by Tudor Minstrel), a North American champion 3-year-old filly, was a star from birth. He hailed from a blue-blooded family with great commercial appeal, and that helped him achieve a British record yearling sale price of 127,000 guineas when breeder Moyglare Stud offered him at Goffs in Ireland.

At the races, he never reached Group 1 status, but he did win the Group 2 Waterford Crystal Mile in England as well as the Group 3 Blue Riband Trial Stakes in England and Desmond Stakes in Ireland, all in 1977.

Be My Guest is the sire of 23 crops to race so far and has progeny earnings of more than $28.6 million.