Updated on 09/17/2011 11:15AM

Travers: Like father, like son

Ten Most Wanted, under Pat Day, wins the Travers Stakes by 4 1/2 lengths at Saratoga on Saturday. Peace Rules finished second and Strong Hope third.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - History repeated itself in the most glorious way Saturday for trainer Wally Dollase and Horizon Stable as Ten Most Wanted rolled to a 4 1/2-length victory over Peace Rules in the $1 million .

The victory came six years to the day of Deputy Commander's victory in the Travers. Deputy Commander is the sire of Ten Most Wanted. Deputy Commander was owned by Horizon Stable and trained by Dollase, who is also the managing partner of the stable.

Thus, Dollase becomes the first trainer since Winbert Mulholland to have trained a horse to win the Travers and then trained that horse's son to also win the Travers. Mulholland did it with Eighty Thirty (1939) and Lights Up (1950).

Pat Day rode Ten Most Wanted to victory, giving him his fourth Travers win.

Though the Travers lost its two star attractions on Friday when Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide and Belmont winner Empire Maker were both scratched due to illness, a Travers record crowd of 66,122 was on hand on a gorgeous summer day at Saratoga.

As he did with Deputy Commander six years ago, Dollase made an equipment change on Ten Most Wanted. While he removed blinkers from Deputy Commander, Dollase added them to Ten Most Wanted on Saturday. The goal was to help Ten Most Wanted focus when his rider called upon him, and he certainly did that in the Travers.

Day had Ten Most Wanted in fourth position down the backstretch, inside of Sky Mesa, while Strong Hope, the Jim Dandy winner, and Peace Rules, the Haskell winner, hooked up and set a torrid pace. That duo ran neck and neck through an opening quarter in 23.55 seconds, a half-mile in 46.36, and 1:09.98 for three-quarters. The three-quarter-mile fraction was the second-fastest in Travers history.

At the half-mile pole, Sky Mesa began to back up and Day sent Ten Most Wanted three wide and after the leaders. He made the lead outside of Peace Rules turning for home and with three cracks of Day's right-handed stick, Ten Most Wanted drew clear to victory. He covered the 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.14. Ten Most Wanted returned $7.50 as the third choice.

"I was concerned about him getting to the lead too early like he did in the Swaps, but he kept going today," said Dollase.

Peace Rules, who only ran after stablemate Empire Maker was withdrawn due to illness, did well to hold second, 10 lengths ahead of Strong Hope. Wild and Wicked, Congrats, and Sky Mesa completed the order of finish.

* A North American record $1,488,479 was wagered in the pick-four pool. The 3-5-2-4 winning combination of Stylish ($19.40), Trademark ($7.80), Valid Video ($17.60) and Ten Most Wanted ($7.50) returned $3,606.

- additional reporting by Karen M. Johnson