06/26/2001 12:00AM

Top sprinting filly Swept Away is retired


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Swept Away, who won nine of 16 starts and over $550,000, has been retired after coming out of the May 12 Genuine Risk Stakes at Belmont with an injury.

"She developed a problem with a sesamoid following the Genuine Risk," said Richard Klein, who owns Swept Away with his parents, Bert and Elaine. "Instead of giving her time off and bringing her back, we decided to go ahead and retire her."

Klein said that Swept Away, by Mystery Storm, would be bred to a "top, proven sire" next year. A

4-year-old filly, Swept Away is a multiple stakes winner whose last victory came in the March 4 Hurricane Bertie Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The Kleins also owned Hurricane Bertie, who died unexpectedly early this year.

Ecton Park done racing

Ecton Park, a winner of over $1.5 million, also has been retired, owner Mark Stanley said Tuesday. The biggest triumphs for Ecton Park, trained by Elliott Walden, came in the Super Derby and Jim Dandy Stakes in 1999.

Ecton Park, a 5-year-old by Forty Niner, will stand at stud next year at Wintergreen Stallion Station near Midway, Ky. His final race came when he finished last in the May 19 Hawthorne Gold Cup.

Amends spot for Zamba Canuta

Churchill Downs fans made an errant guess the last time Zamba Canuta raced here. In a second-level allowance that was moved from turf to dirt because of weather conditions, horseplayers sent the filly away an odds-on favorite even though she had never won on dirt.

Much to their dismay, the Zamba Canuta faithful watched glumly as she finished fourth. But when Zamba Canuta runs back Thursday in the feature race at Churchill, weather forecasts suggest the race most likely will remain on grass - which will quite possibly allow the 4-year-old filly to redeem herself.

An overflow of horses was entered for the $46,800 allowance race, the ninth of 10 on Thursday. Pat Day will be back aboard Zamba Canuta for Walden. First post is 3 p.m.

Bet on Sunshine is highweight

Bet on Sunshine will be the 120-pound highweight in the lone stakes to be run here this weekend, the $100,000 Aristides Handicap on Saturday. Calvin Borel will ride Bet on Sunshine, who set a track record, since broken, for 6 1/2 furlongs when he won the Aristides last year.

Other Aristides probables include Alannan, winner of two graded stakes in Kentucky this spring. He will carry 119 pounds, including Robby Albarado.