07/28/2006 12:00AM

Oft-injured Don'tsellmeshort finally retired


DEL MAR, Calif. - Don'tsellmeshort, the champion California-bred male of 2003, has been retired after suffering a leg injury. He will be sent to stud in 2007, trainer Dan Hendricks said.

It has not been determined where Don'tsellmeshort will go to stud; he is being housed at Ballena Vista Farm until plans are finalized. Hendricks said that conversations have been held between stud farms and owner Cecil Peacock.

Don'tsellmeshort won four of 18 starts and $402,365. He won three stakes in 2003 and placed second in the Snow Chief Stakes in 2004.

"He's a big, strong colt, well-conformed," Hendricks said.

By Benchmark, Don'tsellmeshort is a full brother to Brother Derek, the leading 3-year-old male in California this year and a winner of six of 10 starts and $1,302,080.

Don'tsellmeshort's career has been plagued by injury in the last few years. He missed a year because of a saucer fracture. Don'tsellmeshort was up to five-furlong workouts recently when he was found to have a fracture near a suspensory, Hendricks said.

"It would have been another four months off, so we decided to retire him," Hendricks said.

Four statebred Grade 1 winners

Dancing Edie became the fourth California-bred to win a Grade 1 or Group 1 race in 2006 with her hard-fought win in the $400,000 John Mabee Handicap at Del Mar on July 22. A record seven California-breds won a Grade 1 race in 2005.

Dancing Edie finished a nose in front of fellow California-bred Moscow Burning in the Mabee. It was the first time that statebreds had run one-two in a Grade 1 since March, when Proud Tower Too, Thor's Echo, and Jet West, all California-breds, swept the first three position in the Group 1, $2 million Golden Shaheen Sprint in Dubai.

Both Dancing Edie and Moscow Burning are by Moscow Ballet, who was bred to 20 mares this year, according to John Harris. Moscow Ballet stands at Harris Farms in central California.

The runner-up finish by Moscow Burning made the 6-year-old mare the richest California-bred female in history. She earned $80,000, improving her earnings to $1,385,000, surpassing Fran's Valentine, who earned $1,375,465 in the mid-1980's when purses were lower.

Dancing Edie and Proud Tower Too are joined on the list of 2006 Grade 1 winners by Lava Man and Brother Derek. Lava Man has won three Grade 1 races this year - the Santa Anita Handicap, Charles Whittingham Handicap, and Hollywood Gold Cup. He will try for a fourth in the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 20.

The list of statebred Grade 1 winners could grow at Del Mar on Sunday. Bordonaro, one of the top sprinters in the country, starts in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Handicap, a $300,000 race at six furlongs. Bordonaro is seeking his fifth consecutive win.

Leave Me Alone in career home stretch

Leave Me Alone, the winner of the Grade 1 Test Stakes at Saratoga in 2005, is nearing the end of her career, trainer Eric Kruljac said.

The California-bred Leave Me Alone finished last of seven in the $500,000 Princess Rooney Stakes for fillies and mares at Calder on July 15. The Grade 1 race was Leave Me Alone's second consecutive disappointing performance. She was sixth in the Grade 2 Vagrancy Handicap at Belmont Park on June 11.

"She never picked up the bit," Kruljac said of the Calder race. "She wants to be a mother."

Kruljac said that Leave Me Alone, 4, has shown signs of "horsing" and will be bred next year. Owned by Steve Mitchell, Leave Me Alone has won five of 16 starts and $644,330. She is winless in five starts this year.

By Bold Badgett, Leave Me Alone will stay in light training and will have a fall campaign geared toward the California Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Oct. 28.

"Her babies will be worth a lot of money with that Test win," Kruljac said.