11/07/2001 1:00AM

El Corredor retired to stud


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Grade 1 winner El Corredor has retired from racing and will enter stud at John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm in Lexington. A 4-year-old Mr. Greeley colt, he will stand in 2002 for $20,000 live foal.

El Corredor, winner of the 2000 Cigar Mile Handicap, a Grade 1 at Aqueduct, retires with a career record of 10-7-1-0 and earnings of $727,920.

Bred by Needham-Betz Thoroughbreds, El Corredor sold for $110,000 at the 1998 Keeneland September sale. Bob Baffert, agent, purchased the colt, who went on to race in the colors of Hal J. Earnhardt. Trained by Baffert, El Corredor won his maiden in his second attempt at age 2, winning at Santa Anita by 5 1/2 lengths.

In addition to his Cigar Handicap victory, El Corredor captured three other stakes: back-to-back editions of the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap in 2000 and 2001 and the 2001 Pat O'Brien Handicap, all Grade 2's.

El Corredor made his last start in the Breeders' Cup Sprint on Oct. 27, finishing 12th.

A son of the unraced Silver Deputy mare Silvery Swan, El Corredor is a half-brother to the Grade 3-winning filly Silver Tornado.