09/03/2003 11:00PM

Harlan's Holiday to stand at Airdrie Stud


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Starlight Stable's multiple Grade 1 winner Harlan's Holiday, who injured a right hind suspensory ligament in last month's Saratoga Breeders' Cup, will stand in 2004 at Mr. and Mrs. Brereton Jones Jr.'s Airdrie Stud in Midway, Ky.

The Harlan colt, now 4, will make his stud debut at a $17,500 fee.

Starlight Stable owners Jack and Laurie Wolf bought Harlan's Holiday from Claire and Billy Murphy's Rockwell agency for $97,000 at the 2000 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale. The colt bloomed into a good juvenile the following year, winning the one-mile Iroquois (in stakes-record time of 1:35.01) and three other stakes, and finishing second in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity.

His owners and then-trainer Ken McPeek entertained Kentucky Derby dreams the following season, when Harlan's Holiday won the Florida Derby and Blue Grass Stakes, but the colt finished seventh in the Derby. He followed up with a fourth-place finish in the Preakness. In June, the Wolfs moved him from McPeek's barn to Todd Pletcher's, saying they wanted to have the horse based in New York. Harlan's Holiday skipped the Belmont and came back to win the Philadelphia Derby.

At 4, Harlan's Holiday returned to Grade 1-winning form in the Donn Handicap, but that also marked his last victory. Harlan's Holiday retired with a career record of 22-9-6-1 and earnings of $3,632,664. Almost a third of that, $1.2 million, came from his runner-up finish in the 2003 Dubai World Cup.

Harlan's Holiday was bred in Ohio by Double D Farm Corp. and is the first stakes winner for his dam, the 11-year-old Affirmed mare Christmas in Aiken. She also has produced stakes-placed runners Dr. Holiday and Boxcar Cat.

Forego Fund to help retired runners

Martha Gerry, owner of three-time Horse of the Year and five-time champion Forego, has established the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Forego Fund to help the foundation feed and care for more than 600 horses in its program nationwide.

The foundation provides lifetime homes for former racehorses, both through its retirement facilities at prisons and through adoption programs that place retired runners in private hands, education programs, and riding-for-the-disabled operations. The new Forego Fund will raise money for the day-to-day care of the horses remaining at TRF facilities around the country.

"It's a very worthwhile cause to rescue these horses from slaughter," Gerry said. "I hope that the name of Forego will help raise money for the TRF. Their efforts have been so good over the years, and they are getting better. I can only hope that this effort leads others to help out."

Since its launch in 1982, the foundation has expanded to 22 retirement facilities caring for more than 600 former racehorses no longer able to compete.

Dr. Brendler retired at 5

Grade 2 winner Dr. Brendler, a 5-year-old Distant View horse trained by Graham Motion, has retired after exiting last month's Sword Dancer Invitational at Saratoga with a torn suspensory ligament. Stud plans haven't been determined.

Dr. Brendler, a son of the Irish-bred Vision mare Lady of Vision, got his start in Ireland, where he won the 2001 Irish 2000 Guineas Trial. In North America this year, he won the Dixie Stakes, finished second in the Stars and Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf, and was third in the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap. He retires with 5 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds from 29 lifetime starts. He earned $377,607.

* Fabuleux Jane, dam of Grade 1 winner Joyeux Danseur and second dam of champion juvenile Arazi and English champion Noverre, died Aug. 18 at Gainesway Farm in Lexington due to old age. The 29-year-old mare was a daughter of Le Fabuleux and the stakes-winning Raise a Native mare Native Partner. Fabuleux Jane was a stakes winner and Group 1-placed in France.