12/15/2001 12:00AM

Tranquility Lake retired


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Tranquility Lake, an eight-time stakes winner and one of the top female turf runners in California in recent years, has been retired, owner Marty Wygod said on Saturday.

The 6-year-old Tranquility Lake will be bred to Storm Cat in coming months. A winner of 11 of 27 starts and $1,663,390, she finished ninth in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Belmont Park on Oct. 27 in her final start.

Tranquility Lake was entered in Saturday's Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park, but was scratched.

Owned by Wygod and his wife, Pam, Tranquility Lake won two Grade 1 stakes in her career - the 1999 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park and the 2000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita.

Millennium Wind out of Malibu

Millennium Wind, the winner of the Blue Grass Stakes in April, will miss the $200,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26 because of a minor foot injury.

Trainer David Hofmans said on Saturday that Millennium Wind is bothered by an abscess that could develop into a quarter crack. As a result, Millennium Wind has had limited training in recent days, Hofmans said.

"We'll have to take it day by day," he said.

Millennium Wind has been plagued by minor setbacks throughout his career. Earlier this year, he was treated for a skin fungus. Cracked heels that required frequent treatment led to a layoff in the summer.

A winner of 3 of 7 starts and $769,920, Millennium Wind finished 11th in the Kentucky Derby and was last of seven in the Skywalker Handicap at Santa Anita on Nov. 2, his most recent start.

Without Millennium Wind, a field of about 10 is expected for the Malibu, a seven-furlong dash for 3-year-olds. The Malibu is the opening-day feature of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting. After Monday's closing day at Hollywood Park, there is no live racing in Southern California until then.

Yonaguska, who won the Sport Page and Fall Highweight handicaps in New York this fall, may go favored in the Malibu. Also expected to run are Discreet Hero, Early Flyer, Giant Gentleman, Griffinite, I Love Silver, Mizzen Mast, San Nicolas, Scorpion, and Until Sundown. All of them are stakes winners.

Early Flyer, who was second to Delaware Township in the Frank DeFrancis Memorial Dash at Laurel on Nov. 17, will be well-bet.

Some of the Malibu runners will continue through Santa Anita's three-race Strub series, which includes the $200,000 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 12 and the $400,000 Strub Stakes over 1 1/8 miles Feb. 2.

Momentum, the winner of the Native Diver Handicap in his main-track debut at Hollywood Park on Dec. 9, and Fancy As, a seven-time stakes winner in Western Canada this year, are expected for the San Fernando. Fancy As is now trained by Bob Baffert.

Trifecta refunds

Trifecta bets were refunded in Friday's first race after one of the five starters failed to finish.

Zodiaque, the 5-2 second choice, was pulled up at the top of the stretch of the $12,500 claiming race for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles.

California Horse Racing Board rules state that trifecta races must have at least five finishers. As a result, the pool of $50,575 was refunded.

Two Four Dancer, the 3-5 favorite, won by a length over First Class Code. There were nine lengths separating First Class Code and third-place Kimora, and another nine lengths to fourth-place finisher Multiple Meetings.