09/08/2005 11:00PM

Forest Danger retired


Forest Danger, a Grade 1 winner who finished fifth as the even-money favorite in the Forego on Sept. 3, has been retired from racing and will stand stud at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky, trainer Todd Pletcher said Friday. His fee will be announced Nov. 1.

According to Pletcher, Forest Danger re-aggravated a torn gluteal muscle in his hind end when he was beaten 10 lengths by Mass Media in the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga. Forest Danger had initially suffered the tear when he ran fifth in the Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont in May.

Aaron and Marie Jones purchased for $900,000 at the Fasig-Tipton February select sale of 2-year-olds in 2003. At 3, Forest Danger won his first three starts, including the Grade 3 Bay Shore Stakes at Aqueduct.

After finishing second to Medallist in the Grade 3 Withers, Forest Danger was found to have a fractured tibia that forced him to miss the remainder of the year.

Forest Danger returned to the races in February with a powerful fourth-level allowance win at Gulfstream Park in which he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 118. He used that as a stepping-stone to his victory in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct in April.

Forest Danger, a son of Forestry out of Starry Ice, retires with a record of 5-1-0 from 8 starts and earnings of $423,000.