Ten Most Wanted, winner of the 2003 Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, has been retired because of a leg injury, trainer and part owner Wally Dollase announced Friday at Hollywood Park.Dollase passed along a written note from the ten-member ownership of the 4-year-old colt. The note read: "The partnership owners of Ten Most Wanted have decided to retire 'Ten' to stud duty. A ligament problem has ended his racing career. They expected his 4-year-old season to be his best."Dollase, standing in his stable office alongside wife Cincy, was saddened by the early retirement of the colt but happy that he would be entering stud in good health."We thought this would be his best year because of his Deputy Minister line," said Dollase of Deputy Minister's grandson. "He had such a good trip in his last race in Chicago, we don't know that the injury happened then." Ten Most Wanted concluded his racing career on April 17 at Hawthorne Race Course with a six-length victory in the $250,000 National Jockey Club Handicap (gr. III). He retired with five victories in 13 starts and earnings of more than $1.7 million.Ten Most Wanted, a Kentucky-bred colt, launched his career with a second-place finish in a maiden race at Hollywood Park in November 2002. He forged into national prominence with a victory in the Illinois Derby (gr. II) in April, 2003.Ten Most Wanted finished second in the Belmont (gr. I) and Swaps (gr. II) stakes before victories in the Travers and Super Derby )gr. II) to place him among the leaders of the 3-year-old division last year.
"It was a big thrill to win the Travers, especially since his father also won it," said Dollase, who also trained his sire, Deputy Commander.J. Paul Reddam, who owns 25%, heads the ten-member ownership.Dollase said no decision has been made as to where Ten Most Wanted will stand stud next year. "We will start soliciting bids," he said.