11/02/2005 12:00AM

Wildcat Heir's racing days over


Grade 1 winner Wildcat Heir has been retired after stumbling and falling past the finish line in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Sprint.

His trainer, Ben Perkins Jr., said Wednesday that Wildcat Heir had been scheduled to be retired at the end of the season. The fall at Belmont Park on Saturday ruled out a defense on Nov. 19 of his Grade 1 victory in last year's De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel.

Perkins said stud farm arrangements will be announced within the next two weeks.

came out of the incident with some scrapes and a ligament injury behind his left front knee.

"He had a quarter crack that we had been working on and was actually pretty good," Perkins said. "He hurt something else during the race and he was trying to get off it. And then, he just stumbled."

Wildcat Heir made only two starts in an injury-filled 2005 campaign, having won Monmouth's Teddy Drone Stakes on Aug. 7.

A 5-year-old homebred for Eb Novak's New Farm, Wildcat Heir finishes his race career with a record of 6-4-0 in 12 starts and $424,460 in earnings.