06/21/2004 11:00PM

Ten Most Wanted: Unretired?


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Ten Most Wanted, who was announced as retired last month, may make a comeback next year if a stud deal is not finalized this fall, trainer Wally Dollase said Tuesday.

Last month, Dollase said Ten Most Wanted had suffered a ligament injury to his right foreleg and was retired.

But after Dollase consulted with veterinarians around the country who said Ten Most Wanted could recover from the injury, Ten Most Wanted underwent a stem cell procedure in an effort to regenerate growth in the damaged ligament.

"We got some experts to give their opinions, and we changed our minds," Dollase said about the retirement.

Dollase described the injury as a "tear in the ligament, near the ankle."

The stem cell procedure drew fatty tissue from Ten Most Wanted's hind end. Dollase said that material was sent to a laboratory in San Diego, where a high concentration of stem cells was separated from the other tissue. The stem cells were then injected into the affected area of the ligament.

The only visible scars are on a small area on Ten Most Wanted left hindquarter, where an incision was made to draw the tissue.

Dollase said the ligament will be examined in coming months to determine how much healing has occurred.

"In November, we can make a decision on whether to sell him as a stallion or try a comeback," he said. "He'll need six months off. He may run if we don't sell him as a stud."

Co-owned by Paul Reddam and a partnership, Ten Most Wanted, 4, has won 5 of 13 starts and $1,718,460. His major stakes wins came in the Illinois Derby, Travers Stakes, and Super Derby in 2003, and the National Jockey Club Stakes at Hawthorne on April 17, his most recent start. He was training for a start in the Pimlico Special when the injury occurred in early May.

Last year, Ten Most Wanted also was eighth in the Breeders' Cup Classic and ninth in the Kentucky Derby.

Ten Most Wanted was scheduled to be sent Wednesday to Tommy Town Thoroughbreds in Santa Ynez, Calif., to continue his recuperation.

Other Dollase horses recovering

A.P. Adventure, the winner of the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita in February, is being sent there for two months to recover from a hind-end injury, Dollase said.

A.P. Adventure, 3, has not started since finishing unplaced in the Kentucky Oaks on April 30.

Owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis, A.P. Adventure is not expected to return to training in time for the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30, but should resume racing by the end of the year, Dollase said.

"Her year will be her 4-year-old year," he said.

Dollase said Irish Warrior, who was pulled up in the Charles Whittingham Handicap on June 12, will be out for 30 to 45 days after overextending his left knee in the race.

Dollase said he thought Irish Warrior "hit a bad spot on the course. It's not a career-ending injury."

Irish Warrior won the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap last summer and was fourth in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Meteor Storm, the stable's top turf horse who has won three stakes this year, worked five furlongs in 1:03.20 on Wednesday. Dollase said Meteor Storm will make his next start in the $750,000 United Nations Handicap over 1 3/8 miles at Monmouth Park on July 3 or the $200,000 Stars and Stripes Handicap over 1 1/2 miles at Arlington Park on July 4.

Meteor Storm won the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park in his most recent start on June 5.

Rock Hard Ten eyes Swaps

Rock Hard Ten, the runner-up to Smarty Jones in the Preakness Stakes, was scheduled to arrive at Hollywood Park on Wednesday for a potential start in the $400,000 Swaps Stakes on July 10, trainer Jason Orman said.

Rock Hard Ten has been based at co-owner Ernie Moody's farm in Bonsall, Calif., since finishing fifth in the Belmont Stakes on June 5. He has not had a workout since the Belmont.

"He walked for about a week and has been training at the farm," Orman said. "If he's feeling good and doing good, we may run."

The Swaps is run over 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

Orman trains the favorite for Saturday's $150,000 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap in Laura's Lucky Boy, who won the Will Rogers Stakes on May 22. The Grade 3 Cinema is run over 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Sunday's top race is the $200,000 Beverly Hills Handicap for fillies and mares over 1 1/4 miles on turf. Noches de Rosa, the winner of the Grade 1 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap on May 31, and Moscow Burning, who won the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Handicap at Belmont Park on May 29, are the top contenders.

Ask for the Moon out of Oaks

Ask for the Moon, winner of the Group 1 Prix Saint-Alary in France earlier this year, will not start in the $750,000 American Oaks on July 3, trainer Laura de Seroux said.

Ask for the Moon is more likely to make her first start in the U.S. in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks over 1 1/8 miles on turf Aug. 21.

Owned by a partnership, Ask for the Moon finished seventh in the French Oaks at Chantilly on June 13 in her most recent start.

"She's arrived in remarkable condition, but I think it's coming up too close," de Seroux said, referring to the American Oaks. "I want to run her when she's ready."

The decision to pass the American Oaks leaves de Seroux without a runner in the invitational run over 1 1/4 miles on turf for 3-year-old fillies. In the first running of the American Oaks in 2002, Dublino, trained by de Seroux, finished first but was disqualified and placed second for causing interference in deep stretch.

* Lydgate, winner of the Grade 3 Aegon Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs on April 30, will remain in England following a ninth-place finish in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 15, trainer Eoin Harty said.