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Deputy Commander, sire of Ten Most Wanted, dies

BALLENA Vista Farm has announced that the Travers Stakes winner Deputy Commander has been put down due to a decline in the quality of his life.

The son of Deputy Minister retired to Brereton Jones' Airdrie Stud, Kentucky for the 1999 season and moved to Ballena Vista, California, in 2007.

Since 2008 the stallion had been undergoing extensive testing and received therapeutic treatment in order to determine the reason for a decline in his health. Unfortunately, since last summer his condition continued to deteriorate and the decision was taken to put him down.

"Deputy Commander was one of the classiest and most personable stallions I have had the pleasure to be associated with," reported Ballena Vista Farm manager Manuel Ochoa on thefarm's website. "He was all things a thoroughbred should be. Deputy Commander consistently sired very successful racehorses, which provided him the potential to be a top sire worldwide."

Trained by Wally Dollase, Deputy Commander won four of 13 starts, including the Travers Stakes, the Super Derby and the Affirmed Handicap prior to finishing second to Skip Away in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Hollywood Park.

He is the sire of 291 winners, including 23 stakes winners. His most successful progeny include Ten Most Wanted, who, like his sire was a winner of the Travers Stakes, the Saudi Arabian champion three-year-old filly and older female Jomaanah and the Grade 2 winner Deputy Glitters.

Deputy Commander stood his final season for $7,500 in 2008.




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