04/24/2006 12:00AM

Sir Shackleton retired to stud


Multiple graded stakes winner has been retired from racing and will likely begin his stud career in 2007.

A 5-year-old Miswaki horse bred and owned by Tracy Farmer, Sir Shackleton won three graded races in his three-season career, most notably the Grade 2 Breeders' Cup Sprint Championship Handicap at Gulfstream last year. He leaves the track with $1,051,500 in earnings from a record of 7-2-3 from 20 starts.

"He's injured his sesamoids, but he's fine," said Farmer's racing manager, Lincoln Collins. "He's paddock-sound. We have not yet made plans for his stallion career, but we hope to within the next three weeks or so."

With just a couple of months left in the current breeding season, Sir Shackleton probably will not cover mares until next year.

In addition to his graded wins, Sir Shackleton placed in three Grade 1 events - the 2005 Woodward, Whitney, and Metropolitan handicaps - and also in the Grade 2 Dwyer.

Sir Shackleton is out of the Grade 1-placed Star de Naskra mare Naskra Colors. He is her first stakes winner.