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US Sire Deputy Commander Sidelined For Rest Of Season

Friday, 14th March 2008

Dual Gr1-winning 14-year-old California sire Deputy Commander (Deputy Minister-Anka Germania, by Malinowski) "has an undiagnosed health issue & will not cover any more mares this season at Ballena Vista Farm," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Deputy Commander (sire of Gr1-winning sire Ten Most Wanted) "has been undergoing testing & treatment" at the University Of California's Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, which noted that "while the health issue is not a life-threatening injury or a contagious disease, it is affecting his ability to cover mares". Deputy Commander (who covered 30 mares last season, after moving to California from Airdrie Stud in Kentucky) has sired 22 stakes-winners in 7 crops of runners; on the track himself he won both the 1997 Gr1 Travers Stakes & Gr1 Super Derby, plus finishing 2nd in the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic.

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