11/14/2001 1:00AM

King Cugat retired to Lane's End

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Grade 2-winning millionaire King Cugat has been retired from the races and will enter stud in 2002 at Will Farish's Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky. King Cugat will stand for a fee of $10,000 live foal for his initial season.

King Cugat, a 4-year-old Kingmambo colt, leaves racing with a lifetime record of 16-7-7-1 and career earnings of $1,293,782. One of his generation's most consistent turf performers, King Cugat won the Grade 2 Bowling Green Handicap this year and also scored in last year's Grade 2 Jamaica Handicap and Arlington Classic Stakes. His six stakes victories also included a win in the Grade 3 American Turf Stakes.

Though he never earned Grade 1-winning status, King Cugat did finish second in five of those events, most recently in the Sept. 29 Turf Classic at Belmont. That was his last race.

Bill Mott trained King Cugat for a Centennial Farms partnership.

A son of the Majestic Light mare Tricky Game, King Cugat is a half-brother to stakes-placed Western Expression.