Belmont Stakes Target for Ten Most Wanted
Updated: Thursday, May 8, 2003 6:13 PM
Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2003 6:05 PM
Chisholm, Jarvis and Reddam's Ten Most Wanted, the ninth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as the third choice in the field of 16, may turn up next in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), according to Aimee Dollase, trainer Wally Dollase's daughter and assistant.
"We think that race may be perfect for him," the younger Dollase said. "He definitely can get the distance and Belmont Park has those big, wide sweeping turns and a nice, deep sandy track, which are all right up his alley. He has to be 100 percent for us to even consider it, but it still is a few weeks away so we've got time."
Ten Most Wanted, a big dark bay son of Deputy Commander, caused quite a stir Derby week, training extremely well over the Churchill Downs strip. He seemed to blossom in the days leading up to the Run for the Roses.
A battery of tests after his dull performance revealed no serious injury, but the colt was discovered to have a sore back, which was treated by a chiropractor in Louisville before he was sent back to California and his home base of Hollywood Park on Monday.
"You should have seen him the day after the race," Aimee Dollase said. "He was stiff and walking funny. He must have really racked himself out there. I'm glad that's all it was, though."
Ten Most Wanted won the Illinois Derby (gr. II) by four lengths and also finished third in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) in his two Kentucky Derby prep races. Overall he's banked $373,460 from a career line of 6-2-1-1. Dollase said Ten Most Wanted will return to the track for the first time since the Derby on Thursday.
"We pulled his shoes off for a couple of days and gave him some muscle relaxants to help his back and it looks like it's all working," she said. "He'll go back to the track (Thursday) and just jog and after that we'll let him tell us what to do next."
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