09/08/2004 12:00AM

Grade 1 winner Wild Spirit retired, to be bred to A.P. Indy

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Grade 1 winner Wild Spirit, victorious in last year's Ruffian Handicap, has been retired and will be bred next year to A.P. Indy.

Trainer Bobby Frankel confirmed Wild Spirit's retirement and mating plans on Wednesda, and said the 5-year-old Hussonet mare had shipped to Kentucky on Tuesday.

"She had a bad ankle," he said. "She was a very, very, very good filly."

Ankle problems had sidelined Wild Spirit earlier this year, and she had just come back to training in July. In her last start, the Grade 1 Apple Blossom in April, she finished second but was disqualified and placed third.

Frankel said he thought Wild Spirit's owner, Oussama Aboughazale, would opt to keep the mare.

Wild Spirit raced as a homebred for Aboughazale's Sumaya U.S. Stable. She began her career in her native Chile and quickly became one of that nation's top distaff runners. At 3, she was named Chile's Horse of the Year after she won three of the country's Grade 1 events: the Gran Criterium, Mil Guineas, and Clasico Alberto Solari Magnasco. She also won the Grade 2 Gran Premio Criadores Salvador Hess Riveros and finished second in two other Chilean Grade 1 contests, the St. Leger Cristal and the Tanteo de Potrancas.

Brought to the United States in 2003, she won the Ruffian as well as the Grade 2 Delaware and Shuvee. Her record here included a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Personal Ensign last year. She retires with a record of 15-9-4-1 and earnings of $984,690.

Castle Gandolfo dies in Chile

Castle Gandolfo, who stood his first season at stud this year at Walmac International in Lexington, died Sunday in Chile, where he was shuttling to Haras Mocito Guapo, Walmac has confirmed. The stallion was 5.

Castle Gandolfo (Gone West-Golden Oriole, by Northern Dancer) died in the breeding shed after falling over backward and breaking his neck. He had stood in Kentucky for $6,000 and bred about 75 mares, according to a Walmac official. A homebred for the Coolmore organization, he won the Group 3 Beresford Stakes in England and was Group 1-placed twice. He had retired to Walmac earlier this year.

Airdrie Stud gets Friends Lake

Airdrie Stud in Midway, Ky., has acquired 2004 Florida Derby winner Friends Lake from owners Chester and Mary Broman and will stand the 3-year-old colt for $15,000 in 2005.

A son of A.P. Indy, Friends Lake is out of the multiple Grade 1 winner Antespend, by Spend a Buck. In two seasons at the track, he won two stakes, the Florida Derby and the 2003 Sleepy Hollow at Belmont. He also finished third in the Grade 3 Holy Bull and amassed $696,400 in purse earnings. Friends Lake is the best foal to date for his dam.

Friends Lake was retired after he sustained a knee injury in the Kentucky Derby. He left the track with three career wins from seven starts.

Farms could get tobacco money

The federal government's proposed tobacco buyout, which would pay farmers to relinquish government-guaranteed prices to grown tobacco, could benefit several major Thoroughbred farm owners, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported Wednesday.

Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum's Shadwell Farms could receive $1,070,213 while Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms stood to get $986,246, according to figures provided by the watchdog organization Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit group in Washington. Other Thoroughbred breeders who could cash in are the late W.T. Young's Overbrook Farm for $613,231, and Robert and Janice McNair's Stonerside Stables, which could be in line for $306,833. Will Farish, former ambassador to Britain, and his Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky., stand to gain $190,165 and $478,674, respectively, the group reported.

The House of Representatives' buyout bill includes a formula for dividing $9.6 billion among farmers and quota-holders, who hold rights to grow certain amounts of tobacco.

Deputed Testamony, 24, pensioned

Bonita Farm in Darlington, Md., has pensioned 24-year-old Deputed Testamony, one of Maryland's perennial leading sires. Deputed Testamony is the oldest living Preakness winner, having captured that race in 1983. He also won the 1983 Haskell and five other stakes, earning more than $674,000.

A son of Bonita stallion Traffic Cop and out of a mare at the farm named Proof Requested, Deputed Testamony was foaled at Bonita. Retired to Bonita after the 1984 racing season, Deputed Testamony sired such runners as multiple stakes winner Churchbell Chimes; Maryland Million Classic winner Reputed Testamony; Grade 3 winners Under Oath, Testafly, and Gold Fleece; Maryland Oaks winner McKilts; and numerous others. To date, he has more than $17.3 million in progeny earnings.

* At Northview Stallion Station, also in Maryland, a new horse has joined the roster. Great Notion, a stakes-winning son of Elusive Quality, will stand at the Chesapeake City farm for $3,500 in 2005, and shares are on offer for $20,000. Great Notion won the Southwest Stakes and was runner-up in the Grade 1 King's Bishop and Grade 2 Amsterdam in 2003.