09/25/2001 11:00PM

Ecton Park to stand for $15K

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Grade 1 winner Ecton Park, who retired in June to Wintergreen Stallion Station in Midway, Ky., will stand for $15,000 in his first season at stud.

A 5-year-old son of Forty Niner, Ecton Park won the Grade 1 Super Derby, Grade 2 Jim Dandy, and the Risen Star Stakes in 1999. He also won the 2000 William Donald Schaefer Handicap at Pimlico.

Ecton Park placed in seven other graded stakes during his career, most notably the Grade 1 Pacific Classic, in which he finished third last year.

John Greely IV, who owns Wintergreen with his brother C. Beau Greely, said the operation had planned to stand Ecton Park for $20,000 but decided to lower the price in light of current economic trends and breeders' losses earlier this year due to mare reproductive loss syndrome, which caused late- and early-term abortions.