Rock Hard Ten Gets Serious for Stevens

Kentucky Derby hopeful Rock Hard Ten worked seven furlongs in a bullet 1:24 2/5 at Santa Anita on Saturday morning in preparation for a start in either the April 3 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) or the April 10 Arkansas Derby (gr. II).

Trainer Jason Orman said he was incined to run locally. "It looks like we're going in the Santa Anita Derby. I'd say it's 90 percent."

With regular jockey Gary Stevens in the irons, clockers caught the colt galloping out the mile in 1:34 3/5.

"It was a very good work," Orman said. "Gary got after him a little bit because he'd never been hit before, but he handled it well. We haven't decided where he'll run yet, but we'll make that decision in a couple of days once I speak with (the owners). We'll watch today's races and then decide."

Rock Hard Ten, a son of Kris S. and the Mr. Prospector mare Tersa, has won both of his career starts in maiden and allowance company for earnings of $57,600.