10/02/2005 11:00PM

Woke Up Dreamin retired


Woke Up Dreamin, who developed into one of the nation's premier sprinters this year, has been retired after aggravating a foot injury in Saturday's at Belmont Park, trainer Bob Baffert said Monday.

finished ninth in the Vosburgh. He had won four times in five previous starts, including the True North Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park and the Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder.

"He could race again, but the calendar works against him," Baffert said. "He needs 60 days to get that foot right. He had a quarter crack coming out of the True North. I think I aggravated it by pressing on him, and it jammed him up. He's not right right now. They took the quarter crack patch off him after the race, and there was a bunch of fungus there."

Woke Up Dreamin is in New York, where he is being cared for by John and Tonja Terranova, who handle Baffert's New York-based runners. Baffert said "so many people are interested in him as a stud" that it made sense to just stop and retire Woke Up Dreamin.

Woke Up Dreamin, 5, is by Holy Bull and is out of the Storm Cat mare Dreamlike. Owned by Mike Pegram, he won 6 of 16 starts.