06/23/2005 11:00PM

Yessirgeneralsir's career over


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Yessirgeneralsir, the Texas-bred who won the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap in 2004, has been retired after injuring a tendon during a routine gallop in the last week, said his trainer, Dallas Keen.

, a 5-year-old gelding based at Lone Star Park, was scheduled to ship sometime this week to the Valhalla Farm of his owner, Jim Jackson. An ultrasound revealed Yessirgeneralsir bowed his left front tendon on Monday.

Keen said veterinarians will reevaluate the tendon in three months, and if Yessirgeneralsir gets clearance he could return to the track, but in the capacity of stable pony.

"He'll probably go to Valhalla for a little while, then we may make a pony horse out of him," said Keen. "He's sure fast enough. I could catch a loose one with him."

In 2004, Yessirgeneralsir came within a hundredth of a second of setting a Fair Grounds record for a mile and 40 yards when he ran the distance in 1:38.53, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 107. Another display of his speed came in the 1 1/16-mile Lone Star Handicap, in which Yessirgeneralsir led throughout and earned a 104 Beyer.

"He ran three-quarters in 1:08 and change and finished in 1:41 and one," Keen said of the Lone Star Handicap. "That's moving. He had speed and stamina. He could carry the speed."

Keen said he had planned to start Yessirgeneralsir in the $125,000 Assault for Texas-breds at Lone Star on July 9 and was also considering Yessirgeneralsir for the Grade 3 Longacres Mile.

A son of Patton, Yessirgeneralsir won 3 of 15 starts and $329,055. He was the first foal from his dam, Honeydoon, and Jackson and Keen can look forward to racing his siblings. Agrapha is a 2-year-old half-brother to Yessirgeneralsir by Magic Cat, and he could be seen this fall at Remington Park, where Keen said he plans to stable after Lone Star.

There is also Skassskate, a weanling half-brother to Yessirgeneralsir by Editor's Note, while Honeydoon has a Cryptoclearance foal on the way for Jackson.

Munificence has bullet work

Munificence sharpened his skills for a turnback in distance on Friday morning, when he drilled four furlongs in a bullet 46.40 seconds. Jockey Jamie Theriot was aboard for the work, which was the fastest of 28 at the distance.

Munificence is being pointed for the $100,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup for 3-year-olds at six furlongs at Lone Star on July 2, said his trainer, Jim Hudson. In his last start, Munificence was unplaced in the $200,000 Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes, at 1 1/16 miles at Lone Star.

"We're going to cut him back and see if that's what he really wants to do, be a sprinter," said Hudson. "So far, he's shown some distance limitations."

Munificence has not won beyond a mile. After winning the first three races of his career - his maiden over 6 1/2 furlongs at Lone Star and a pair of two-turn races at 6 1/2 and seven furlongs at Delta Downs - he headed to Oaklawn. Munificence finished second to Greater Good in the $100,000 Southwest at one mile, then came back to Delta and won his second stakes at that track, in the $50,000 Sportsman's Paradise at one mile. From there, Munificence tried 1 1/16 miles and finished fourth in the $75,000 Northern Spur at Oaklawn, one start before the USA.

* Joe Six Pack, second in the $75,000 Ford Express, moves to turf and the overnight ranks in the fourth race Sunday, a five-furlong turf allowance worth $37,000. Trainer Cole Norman has given the mount to Cliff Berry.