04/18/2005 12:00AM

Cajun Beat hurt, retired


Cajun Beat, winner of the 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint, suffered a career-ending ligament injury Saturday when he finished last in the Commonwealth Breeders' Cup at Keeneland.

Trainer Bobby Frankel said the injury is not life-threatening but that the 5-year-old gelding's left hind leg was damaged to the point that he will not be able to race again.

Ramon Dominguez, who rode in the Commonwealth, said he did not notice anything wrong until he was pulling up the gelding to be unsaddled.

"I looked down at his leg and it did not look good," said Dominguez.

Cajun Beat, a son of Gone West owned by Padua Stables and Joe and John Iracane, won 7 of 19 career starts and $1,159,100, with his 22-1 upset of the BC Sprint at Santa Anita accounting for nearly half of that total. He was trained by Steve Margolis through his fourth-place finish in the Dubai Golden Shaheen in March 2004, then was turned over to Frankel.