11/08/2007 12:00AM

Guidry wants to stay in game as a steward

EmailLOUISVILLE, Ky. - Mark Guidry said he recently came to terms with a decision that was inevitable. For 32 years, Guidry has been riding racehorses for a living, but when he dismounts Saturday from Bel Air Beauty in the Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs, he will have ridden his last race.

"This has been tearing me up for the last week, but when I decided that it was time, I feel much better," Guidry said earlier this week. "I think it is just time. I had a great career."

For Guidry, 48, retirement comes after some of the most productive years of a sensational career. The longtime "King of Chicago," as he was known during his 1990s heyday on the Chicago circuit, Guidry began making Kentucky his primary base in 2000.

Guidry will attend the six-day Racing Officials Accreditation Program that starts Wednesday at the University of Louisville. He is planning to become a racing official, with the ultimate goal of being a steward.

Guidry became the 21st jockey in North America to hit the 5,000-win milestone on Mayo4 at Churchill. Going into Saturday, he has ridden 5,042 winners, and his mounts have earned slightly more than $100 million. His greatest victories were the 2006 Kentucky Oaks on Lemons Forever and the 2005 Santa Anita Derby on Buzzards Bay. He was honored in 2006 with the George Woolf Memorial Award, which he called the high point of his career.

"I was luckier than some and not as lucky as others," said Guidry. "I'm grateful that I am going out on my own terms and in one piece. I guess that's all you can ask."

Guidry said he and his wife, Tina, plan to move from Louisville to their original hometown of Lafayette, La.

Carroll's horses out of quarantine

The 19 horses trained by David Carroll were released from quarantine Wednesday by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture after tests for the equine herpesvirus came back negative.

The horses had been under quarantine in Barn 47 since Oct. 26, when one of the Carroll horses tested positive for the virus. That horse was immediately removed from the grounds and is expected to make a full recovery.

The Carroll horses trained separately for several days last week after racing hours. In all, they missed eight days of training.

Falls City coming up strong

The $300,000 Falls City Handicap on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, already is shaping up as an excellent race. Besides the likely favorite, Panty Raid, the Grade 2 Falls City also is expected to get Rolling Sea and High Heels, the one-two finishers in the recent Chilukki Stakes, and Tessa Blue, a rapidly improving 3-year-old who won the Inside Information at Monmouth Park on Breeders' Cup weekend by 12 1/2 lengths.

Tessa Blue "has kind of had things her own way, and that's not always going to be the case, racing being what it is," said trainer Frank Brothers. "But this is the time of year that the 3-year-olds have to go against the older mares, so it'll be interesting."

Panty Raid, trained by Todd Pletcher, won the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes on the Keeneland Polytrack in her last start.

Will Purim finish on dirt or turf?

Purim, upset winner of the Grade 1 Shadwell Mile at Keeneland last month, will make his final career start on Nov. 23, but trainer Tom Proctor said he is undecided whether it will be in the $500,000 Clark Handicap on dirt or the $200,000 River City Handicap on grass.

Running in the Grade 2 Clark would mark a departure from what helped make Purim a potential millionaire. From a career bankroll of $923,003, Purim has earned $740,270 on turf.

"He's a good horse on the dirt, too," said Proctor. "We're still thinking about it."

Not-so-happy birthday for Borel

Calvin Borel's 41st birthday on Wednesday was fine except for one thing: He had a winner disqualified, and the following day the Churchill stewards ordered him suspended for three days, effective Wednesday, although Borel will receive a stay through the end of the meet because he will appeal the penalty, according to Borel's agent, Jerry Hissam.

Borel was aboard One Lucky Devil in the seventh race when the colt angled sharply toward the rail down the backstretch, impeding favored Forest Attack and forcing him to clip heels. After an inquiry, One Lucky Devil was placed last, and Mojito Man was declared the winner.

* A field of nine 3-year-olds has been entered for the Sunday feature, the $150,000 Commonwealth Turf, with the likely favorites for the 1 1/16-mile turf race being Inca King and Distorted Reality, the respective one-two finishers in the Bryan Station last month at Keeneland.

* First Word, ridden by Julien Leparoux, kept up the pressure on front-running Celluloid Hero before pushing past near the quarter pole and striding away to a 3 1/4-length victory in Wednesday's feature. First Word, a 5-year-old Chester House gelding trained by Bobby Frankel, returned $7 to win.