Ten Most Wanted, winner of the 2003 Illinois Derby (gr. II), Travers (gr. I), and Super Derby , will return to Hawthorne Race Course on Saturday in the $250,000 National Jockey Club Handicap (gr. III).
Last year, Ten Most Wanted solidified himself as a top 3-year-old with his win in the Illinois Derby. After a troubled trip in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), the Wally Dollase trainee came back to run second behind Empire Maker in the Belmont (gr. I). He would go on to post wins in the Travers and Super Derby before again catching trouble during his run in the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
Most recently Ten Most Wanted finished fifth in the Feb. 29 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at Fair Grounds.
Owned by James Chisholm, Michael Jarvis & Horizon Stable, Ten Most Wanted is the 7-5 favorite in the morning line. David Flores will be replacing Pat Day in the irons.
Second choice is Parrott Bay. Although winless in 2003, he posted some strong races, finishing third, beaten only a neck by Fight For Ally, in this race last year.
Owned and trained by Kenny Hoffman, Parrott Bay is the 7-2 second choice in the morning line He will be ridden by Jesse Campbell.
New York Hero is the second starter this meet for owners Paraneck Stable and trainer Jennifer Pedersen. These connections hooked up with second-place finisher Song of the Sword in the Illinois Derby just two weeks ago.
New York Hero has been active in 2004 with six starts on the year, winning a Feb. 13 allowance race at Aqueduct. New York Hero is 4-1 in the morning line and will be ridden by Norberto Arroyo, Jr.
The field for Saturday's $250,000 National Jockey Club Handicap (gr. III) includes:
1-- Parrott Bay (Jesse Campbell 7-2)
2-- Fighting Indians (Randall Meier 8-1)
3-- Flemish Cap (Eusebio Razo, Jr. 8-1)
4-- Ten Most Wanted (David Flores 7-5)
5-- New York Hero (Norberto Arroyo, Jr.4-1)
6-- Colonial Colony (James Lopez 9-2)