07/08/2002 12:00AM

Hap retired with injury


ELMONT, N.Y. - Hap, a multiple graded-stakes-winning son of Theatrical, has been retired because of an injured ankle, trainer Bill Mott said.

Hap, 6, is currently on a farm in Lexington, Ky., until a determination where he will stand has been made. "It's undecided where he'll stand," said Richard Cross of Narvick International, a company that helps the Allen Paulson Living Trust manage its horses.

Hap won 10 of 20 starts, including six graded stakes and earned $1,329,210. He was a two-time winner of the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap and also won Grade 2 events such as the Keeneland Turf Mile, Dixie Handicap, and Fourstardave Handicap, and the Grade 3 New Hampshire Sweepstakes.

The closest Hap came to winning a Grade 1 was last year when he finished second to Silvano in the Arlington Million. His final race was a sixth-place finish in the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap on Belmont Day.

A nine-furlong specialist (7 for 8 at the distance), Hap ran in both the Breeders' Cup Turf and Breeders' Cup Mile in his career, finishing ninth in the 2000 Mile and fifth in the 2001 Turf, run at 1 1/2 miles.