Travers Stakes winner Ten Most Wanted's racing days may be over.

Travers Stakes winner Ten Most Wanted's racing days may be over.

Associated Press

Stallion Career Likely for Ten Most Wanted

Although the horse has undergone a stem cell procedure to help heal a ligament tear in his ankle, the connections of Ten Most Wanted said they would rather stand him at stud than attempt a racing comeback.

"I've had a few horses that've had the stem cell (procedure), and while they may get back to the races, they usually don't run as well," said J. Paul Reddam, who owns 25% of Ten Most Wanted. The remainder of the horse is owned by Horizon Stable, a partnership of 10 that includes trainer Wally Dollase.

"My feeling is if you bring the horse back from injury, the likely result is you cheapen him (as a stallion prospect) unless a miracle happens and he comes back 100% and can win tough races," Reddam said. Reddam added that he has had discussions with a Kentucky operation that is interested in standing Ten Most Wanted, winner of the 2003 Travers Stakes (gr. I), Illinois Derby (gr. II), Super Derby (gr. II), and runner-up to Empire Maker in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I). His most recent stakes score was the National Jockey Club Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne this April.

Dollase said he'd never had the stem cell procedure done on one of his horses before. "Who knows what level they'll come back at?" he asked. "You have to be very careful, and then maybe you won't get him to the same grade I level. There is someone interested in him as a stallion, and if we get a fair offer and a good home, that's what we want to do--give him the opportunity to be a stallion. We think he's special, a gorgeous individual from a good family. We think he'll get horses similar to him who can get two turns."

Ten Most Wanted, now 4, is a son of Deputy Commander, who also won the Travers. He is out of the Criminal Type mare Wanted Again, and was bred in Kentucky by Jim Plemmons.