09/28/2003 11:00PM

Lure retired from stud duty

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Lure, a two-time Breeders' Cup Mile winner, has been retired from stud duty and will live out his days at Claiborne Farm in Paris, Ky.

Claiborne announced Monday that Ashford Stud, which stood Lure for a $10,000 fee this year, returned him because of increasing fertility problems. Lure, a 14-year-old son of Danzig, has been troubled by infertility since retiring to stud after the 1994 racing season. In his first breeding season, 1995, he impregnated 11 of 37 mares, and Claiborne filed an infertility claim with its insurers.

Ashford's parent company, Coolmore Stud, purchased Lure in 1995 and stood him for the first time the following breeding season.

To date, Lure has sired 88 foals from six crops to race. Those include Irish champion and French Group 1 winner Orpen, 2001 Beverly D. Stakes winner England's Legend, and Australian Grade 3 winner Red Trinket. His progeny have earned more than $2.6 million.

Lure is a Claiborne homebred out of Endear, by Alydar.