Ten Most Wanted, likely favorite for Swaps Stakes.

Ten Most Wanted, likely favorite for Swaps Stakes.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Ten Most Wanted Ready for Swaps

(from Hollywood Park notes)
Ten Most Wanted, the probable favorite for the $400,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at nine furlongs for 3-year-olds on Sunday, completed his preparation by working four furlongs in :48 3/5 here Wednesday under exercise rider Bruno Delgadillo.

"We're ready," said trainer Wally Dollase of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up. "He just did a nice half mile breezing. Everything has been right on par with him since he came back from New York."

Dollase likens Ten Most Wanted to Deputy Commander, his sire, a late-developing 3-year-old colt who went on to win the Travers Stakes and finish second to Skip Away in the Breeders' Cup Classic (both gr. I).

"They look a lot alike," said Dollase. "He's a big strong horse, and he's coming around just like his father. He has been more professional in every race. He is starting to relax more in the first part of his races."

Ten Most Wanted has a chance to move one step ahead of his sire in the Swaps. Deputy Commander settled for second in the 1997 Swaps, although it took a stakes-record clocking of 1:45 4/5 by multiple stakes winner Free House to beat him.

A field of six or seven is shaping up for the Swaps. Probable are Blazonry (Mike Smith), Bullistic (Patrick Valenzuela), During (Jerry Bailey), Eye Of The Tiger (Alex Solis), Logician (Corey Nakatani) and Ten Most Wanted (Pat Day).

Also possible is Outta Here. "I will decide at entry time tomorrow," said trainer and co-owner Bill Currin. "It will be either the Swaps or the Oceanside (July 23 at Del Mar)." If he runs in the Swaps, Tyler Baze has the call.

Eye of the Tiger and Bullistic, one-three finishers respectively in the Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) June 22, completed drills at Hollywood Monday. Eye Of The Tiger worked a half in :48 3/5 under Solis, while Bullistic drilled six furlongs in a bullet 1:11 2/5 for trainer John Shirreffs.

"Eye Of The Tiger's work was just a little wake-up call to keep him fit," said Arthur Calva, foreman for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. "He jogged today and was real spunky. He was doing crow-hops. His attitude is awesome."

During, third-place finisher in the Northern Dancer Stakes at Churchill Downs in his last start June 14, worked five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 at Hollywood Tuesday under exercise rider Craig Barnfather for trainer Bob Baffert, seeking his third Swaps victory in four years.

Ten Most Wanted and Logician will be coupled in the wagering since J. Paul Reddam owns Logician and is a 25 percent partner in Ten Most Wanted. Dollase's son, Craig, trains Logician.

Ministers Wild Cat, runner-up in the Affirmed, will pass the Swaps to test turf for the first time in the Oceanside, according to trainer Neil Drysdale. His dam, Hollywood Wildcat, and half-brother, War Chant, were both major stakes winners on grass.

Another Swaps bypasser, Californian, worked a mile at Santa Anita Tuesday in 1:40 4/5 for Kristin Mulhall for the American Derby (gr. IIT) July 20 at Arlington.