08/16/2003 12:00AM

'Harlan' hurt, may be retired

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Harlan's Holiday suffered a strained suspensory ligament in his right hind leg during the running of Saturday's Grade 2, $300,000 Saratoga Breeders' Cup, in which he finished last, and his racing career is most likely over, trainer Todd Pletcher said.

According to Pletcher, the injury occurred to the medial suspensory branch in his right hind leg.

"He obviously did this during the course of the race," Pletcher said. "We'll assess it, but with an injury of this nature it's likely he will be retired to the breeding shed."

If retired, Harlan's Holiday would finish his career with a record of nine wins, six seconds, and one third from 22 starts. He earned $3,632,664 for Jack Wolfe's Starlight Stable.

As a 3-year-old, when trained by Ken McPeek, Harlan's Holiday won the Florida Derby and Blue Grass Stakes and finished seventh as the favorite in the Kentucky Derby. After running fourth in the Preakness, he was transferred to Pletcher.

For Pletcher, Harlan's Holiday won the Pennsylvania Derby at 3. This year, he won the Grade 1 Donn Handicap and finished second in both the Dubai World Cup and Hollywood Gold Cup.