06/20/2005 11:00PM

North Light retired


North Light, winner of the 2004 Epsom Derby, has been retired after having suffered a stress fracture in training.

Bred and owned by Ballymacoll Stud and trained by Michael Stoute, the Danehill colt won the Group 2 Dante Stakes before his Derby triumph, after which he finished second to Grey Swallow in the Irish Derby. Following a 3-month layoff he concluded his 3-year-old campaign when fifth in Bago's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. In his lone start this season he finished a disappointing second to New Morning in the Group 3 Brigadier Gerard Stakes on May 31.

North Light won three of seven lifetime starts for earnings of $1,989,577. Plans for stud duty have not yet been made.

Meanwhile, Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf winner and Turf Female Eclipse Award champion Ouija Board is likely to be out of action until September because of the minor stress fracture to her left fore cannonbone which she suffered after throwing a shoe when finishing a distant seventh behind Azamour in last Wednesday's Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot at York.

On a brighter note, Electrocutionist, who made it 5-of-6 lifetime with his victory in Sunday's Gran Premio di Milano, will venture outside of Italy for the first time to run in England in either the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes on July 23 or the Juddmonte International on August 16. Trainer Valfredo Valiani said that the ultimate goal for Eloctrocutionist, who is owned by New Yorker Earle Mack, will be the Breeders' Cup Turf.