10/29/2007 12:00AM

English Channel among retired BC runners

EmailBreeders' Cup Turf winner English Channel has been retired to stud, trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed on Monday, and will stand the 2008 breeding season at Hurricane Hall Farm in Lexington, Ky.

English Channel, who made two other Breeders' Cup appearances, won six Grade 1 races in a long and productive career, and has been among the best grass horses in the country the last three seasons. He won all three of his starts at Monmouth Park, site of Saturday's BC Turf, and captured back-to-back editions of the Grade 1 United Nations Handicap.

English Channel is by Smart Strike, whose outstanding group of 2007 runners also includes BC Classic winner Curlin.

* Also likely to have made his final start on Saturday was Dylan Thomas, whose fifth-place finish in the Turf marked the first time in nine 2007 starts he has been worse than second. Trainer Aidan O'Brien was quoted as saying after Dylan Thomas won the Oct. 7 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe that the horse was unlikely to be brought back into training next season.

Lahudood, Honey Ryder to be bred

Lahudood and Honey Ryder, the first two finishers from Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, have been retired from racing.

Lahudood, who is the leading contender for female turf champion with her victories in the Breeders' Cup and Flower Bowl Invitational, finished her career with 4 wins, 5 seconds and 1 third from 12 starts for career earnings of $1,695,370. She is owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum, who races under the name Shadwell Stable. She was trained in North America by Kiaran McLaughlin after making her first seven starts in Europe for trainer John Hammond.

Honey Ryder, who finished three-quarters of a length behind Lahudood in the Breeders' Cup, ended her career with 13 wins, 4 seconds and 8 thirds from 33 career starts for Glencrest Farm and her trainer, Pletcher. Honey Ryder won 11 stakes, including the Grade 1 Flower Bowl in 2006 and the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor in 2005. She won two runnings of the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay, the Grade 3 Orchid Handicap and the listed Robert G. Dick Memorial Handicap. Her other stakes wins included the Grade 3 Glens Falls, the Grade 3 The Very One, and the listed Princess Mora.

* Timarwa, who finished sixth in the Filly and Mare Turf, has also been retired.Balance's racing career over

Balance, the winner of five stakes, including three at the Grade 1 level, has been retired after finishing sixth in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Distaff at Monmouth Park, trainer David Hofmans said on Sunday.

Owned by John and Jerry Amerman, Balance, 4, finished her career with 6 wins in 16 starts and earnings of $1,048,491.

"She's done enough," Hofmans said. "She's been good to us."

Balance won stakes in each of three seasons, racing primarily in Southern California. At 2, she won the Sharp Cat Stakes and finished second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet Stakes. As a 3-year-old in 2006, she won two Grade 1 stakes - the Las Virgenes Stakes and Santa Anita Oaks.

Balance finished 11th in the 2006 Kentucky Oaks as the favorite, emerging from the race with an injury. She returned to racing last winter. Earlier this year, she won the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes and the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap at Santa Anita.

Hofmans said that the Amermans have not decided on a mating for Balance, who is by Thunder Gulch.

- additional reporting by Steve Andersen and David Grening