11/14/2008 12:00AM

Ten Most Wanted on the move again


Ten Most Wanted, a millionaire and Grade 1 winner on the racetrack earlier this decade, will stand at stud at his third farm in four years in 2009 at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, Calif.

Considering the effort made to acquire the stallion in recent months, and the impression that his first 2-year-olds have left on some California horsemen, he may have found a long-term home.

Ten Most Wanted's oldest foals are 2-year-olds, a few of which have given the indication that they might be promising 3-year-olds.

"He was a brilliant racehorse," said Magali farm manager Tom Hudson. "One reason we did purchase him, or think of buying him, is I had two in training. I liked them a lot."

Hudson's opinion was confirmed by trainer Doug O'Neill, who has three 2-year-olds by Ten Most Wanted for Paul Reddam. Reddam was part of the partnership that campaigned Ten Most Wanted.

"Doug said, "I think they'll be good 3-year-olds,' " Hudson said. "We both saw the exact same things - big, bulky, late-maturing kind of horses."

By breeding Ten Most Wanted to mares that have speed-oriented pedigrees, Hudson is hoping to capitalize on the stallion's stamina. Ten Most Wanted won 5 of 13 starts and $1,718,460 in a three-year career from 2002-04. He won the Grade 1 Travers Stakes and Grade 2 Super Derby at 3, the year he was second to Empire Maker in the Belmont Stakes.

"We think he'll be an asset to the state of California," Hudson said. "I really believe in the horse."

Ten Most Wanted was bought this fall by Rich and Gaby Sulpizio, who operate Magali Farms. Ten Most Wanted brings to seven the number of stallions at Magali, joining Atticus, Decarchy, Event of the Year, Good Journey, Lit de Justice, and Mr. Broad Blade.

Ten Most Wanted is similar to Good Journey and Atticus in that they stood at other farms and were brought to Magali early in their stallion careers.

Hudson began to inquire about Ten Most Wanted's availability in late summer, and needed time to complete the deal. At the time, Ten Most Wanted was standing at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson, N.Y., as part of a syndicate. He stood there in 2007-08, having previously been at stud in Kentucky.

Ten Most Wanted is by Deputy Commander, who resides at Ballena Vista Farm in Ramona, Calif. Deputy Commander was not bred to mares earlier this year after developing an infection in his jaw and mouth. Earlier this year, Ballena Vista owner Donald Cohn said he was hopeful that Deputy Commander would stand at stud in 2009.

Hudson considered the success that Ballena Vista had with Deputy Commander and was further intrigued by Ten Most Wanted.

"This is his best son," Hudson said of Ten Most Wanted. "I thought surely I could get 50 or 60 mares at $5,000 to make it worthwhile."

Hudson had a firsthand account of Ten Most Wanted's progeny through two 2-year-olds by the stallion that were based at Magali Farms earlier this year. The juveniles were owned by Jim Chisholm, part of the group that campaigned Ten Most Wanted.

Hudson was particularly impressed by a colt named Ten Sheets to the Wind, who only recently arrived to trainer Mike Puype's stable at Hollywood Park. "He's a big, powerful-moving horse," Hudson said. "He'll need to take his time to get there. He's far from starting."

A Ten Most Wanted filly owned by Chisholm, named Ten Salty Sally, has arrived at Puype's stable but has yet to begin workouts.

Ten Most Wanted will stand for $5,000, which Hudson feels fits with California's breeding market. Price them too high and mare owners will demand discounts, he said.

"It's kind of the California price," Hudson said. "Why mess with that?"