09/08/2002 11:00PM

Yonaguska retired to Vinery

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Grade 1 winner Yonaguska has retired from racing and will stand at stud in 2003 at Dr. Tom Simon's Vinery in Lexington, Ky. His fee has not been set yet.

Vinery completed a deal last Tuesday to purchase Yonaguska, a 4-year-old Cherokee Run colt, privately from Michael Tabor and Sue Magnier. Tabor and Magnier purchased the colt for $1.95 million at the Fasig-Tipton Calder sale and raced him in partnership.

Vinery has not yet decided whether to syndicate the horse, said Bates Newton of Vinery

Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Yonaguska put together a career record of 18-6-1-5 and earned $536,355 racing from his juvenile to his 4-year-old season. His biggest victory came in the 2000 Hopeful Stakes, in which he dead-heated with City Zip to earn his status as a Grade 1 winner. Yonaguska, out of the Silver Ghost mare Marital Spook, also won the Grade 2 Hutcheson Stakes and Fall Highweight Handicap, as well as the Grade 3 Sport Page Handicap in 2001.