05/06/2004 11:00PM

Ten Most Wanted out till fall


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Ten Most Wanted, the millionaire multiple stakes winner, is out of training with a strained ligament to his right foreleg, trainer Wally Dollase said.

Ten Most Wanted could return to racing in the fall, but there is also a chance that he will be retired for stud duty. Dollase said the partnership that owns Ten Most Wanted has received inquiries from a stud farm, but that no long-term decisions have been made.

The timing of the injury allows Ten Most Wanted to undergo several months of recuperation before a decision is reached on whether to attempt a 2005 campaign.

The problem was detected last week. Dollase sought the opinions of several veterinarians before announcing the injury.

"We'll lay him up and play it month to month," he said. "He could race this fall or next year. We'll have him at a farm. We'll check him with an ultrasound every month and determine how much more time he needs."

Dollase described the injury as a sprained ankle.

"We know there is a weakness there," he said. "We have to be careful. It will repair itself."

Ten Most Wanted, 4, has won 5 of 13 starts and $1,718,460. At 3, he won the Illinois Derby, Travers Stakes, and Super Derby; finished second in the Belmont Stakes; ninth in the Kentucky Derby; and eighth in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Ten Most Wanted has started twice this year, finishing fifth in the New Orleans Handicap in February and winning the National Jockey Club Stakes at Hawthorne on April 17. He was training for a start in the Pimlico Special on Friday when the injury was detected.

"I thought this would be his year," Dollase said. "Maybe it will be next year."

Valenzuela red-hot since return

Patrick Valenzuela extended his streak of winning at least one race a day to eight racing days Thursday, when Icy Avenue pulled an upset in the seventh.

The win came with Valenzuela's second-to-last mount of the day. He had been winless with his first two mounts and finished fifth with his final ride.

Through Thursday, Valenzuela leads the standings with 15 wins, three more than Corey Nakatani. Valenzuela has moved into first place despite missing the first four days of the meeting from April 21-24.

Valenzuela, 41, has been riding since April 25 while he appeals a ruling by Santa Anita stewards issued in early April. The ruling terminated Valenzuela's conditional license because he failed to submit to a mandatory drug test in January.

Valenzuela received a stay from the California Horse Racing Board that allows him to resume riding until the appeal is heard May 18. Had the board not granted the stay, Valenzuela would have taken legal action in the courts.

The May 18 hearing will be held at Hollywood Park. The board will hear the case and then is expected to meet privately to issue an opinion.

After the races Thursday, Valenzuela declined to discuss the upcoming hearing or how he is approaching his defense.

Since his comeback, Valenzuela has ridden three winners on one day, April 30; has scored two-win days on five occasions; and has had two single-win days.

Because some of the circuit's leading riders are traveling to Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes next week, Valenzuela has an excellent chance to remain the leading rider through May 16, the final racing day before the hearing.

Pedroza gets okay to ride again

Jockey Martin Pedroza, who has not ridden since March 28 because of a collarbone injury sustained in a spill, received doctor's clearance Thursday to resume riding.

Pedroza had been exercising horses in recent days. He was named to ride Friday and Saturday at Hollywood Park and has three mounts on Sunday's nine-race program.

Pedroza said he did not expect to ride many horses this weekend because he was not certain he would be able to return. He expects his number of rides to increase next week.

Pedroza, 39, said he was frustrated that he did not return sooner.

"I was hoping I could ride in three weeks, but I thought I'd be pushing it," he said. "Now I feel 100-percent ready."

Swiss Address eyes Willard Proctor

Swiss Address joined the list of hopefuls for the $75,000 Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes for 2-year-olds May 23 with a sharp maiden win in Thursday's eighth race.

Ridden by Danny Sorenson, Swiss Address ($14.20) ran 4 1/2 furlongs in 51.52 seconds, finishing 6 1/2 lengths in front of Shermanthetank.

Swiss Address races for trainer Mike Harrington. A California-bred colt, Swiss Address is the latest Harrington-trained winner by Swiss Yodeler, whose foals have excelled in early-season 2-year-olds races at Hollywood Park in the last two years.

Harrington said he is slightly concerned there is only a 17-day gap between Swiss Address's maiden race and the Proctor.

"He'll be ready," he said. "If all goes well, I'll run him."

Harrington already has a promising 2-year-old Swiss Yodeler filly in Swiss Please, who returns in the $75,000 Nursery Stakes next Sunday. Harrington said his 2-year-old division is stronger with colts this year.

"I'm a little short on fillies," he said. "This year, they were mostly colts."

The Nursery Stakes over five furlongs is the first juvenile stakes of the year in Southern California. The candidates include Artabegood, Bella Banissa, Double D Appeal, Fortunate Event, Kelly's Princess, Maria's Posada, and Rents Due.

Saturday's main race is the $100,000 Senorita Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over a mile on turf. Ticker Tape, Amorama, and Winendyneme, the first three finishers of the Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita on April 11, are among the probables.