11/24/2005 12:00AM

High Fly retired from races


High Fly, winner of this year's Florida Derby, has been retired because of a condylar fracture, said Charlotte Weber of Live Oak Plantation, High Fly's owner.

A 3-year-old Atticus colt, is at Live Oak, Weber said, awaiting plans to be confirmed for his stud career.

"He had surgery in New Jersey, and he's doing fine," Weber said Thursday. "While I'm sure he'd come back sound, I'm not sure he'd come back to run at the Grade 1 level again."

High Fly is a homebred for Weber's Live Oak operation. Trained by Nick Zito, he last ran in the Jerome on Sept. 11, finishing second to Silver Train. That closed High Fly's career at 5-1-1 from 9 starts and $927,300 in earnings.

In addition to the Florida Derby, High Fly also won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth and the Aventura Stakes.

High Fly is out of the Slewpy mare Verbasle, who was second in the Grade 1 Matron in 1990.