03/20/2003 1:00AM

Good Journey leaving early


ARCADIA, Calif. - Good Journey, perhaps the best turf miler based in the United States last year, has been retired and will be sent to stud in Australia this spring.

In the stud arrangement, announced earlier this year, Good Journey was expected to race through May, but the consortium of Australian breeders who will stand him have asked that the 7-year-old be sent to the Southern Hemisphere in May. Good Journey is required to go through a five-week quarantine before he can become an active stallion.

By Nureyev, Good Journey won 7 of 16 starts and $1,733,004. In his final start, he ran second to Redattore in the Frank Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita on March 1. Last year, he won 4 of 5 starts and $1,247,665. The campaign included wins in the Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap at Churchill Downs, the Atto Mile at Woodbine, and a defense of the Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park. In the Breeders' Cup Mile at Arlington Park, he was third behind European imports Domedriver and Rock of Gibralter.