Ten Most Wanted Schools in Gate, Paddock

(from Belmont track notes)
Ten Most Wanted, ninth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, was schooled in the paddock and at the starting gate Friday morning before galloping a mile and a quarter on the main track.

Assistant trainer Aimee Dollase, deputizing for her father, Wally, said, Ten Most Wanted "is much better than he was going into the Derby. His energy level is very high and he's very aggressive. He's trained really, really well."

One indication of his aggressiveness apparently is reflected in the fact the elder Dollase has been walking the colt following his gallops. Aimee Dollase was seen running alongside the strapping runner as she tried to walk him on Thursday. She's happy, adding, "Every time he's won a race or run real well, that's the way he's been [ahead of time]. We're very happy where he is right now, physically."

As for schooling in the gate, Aimee Dollase said, "He's had a tendency to paw at the ground while he stands in the gate and get a little nervous, but today he was perfect. He walked into the gate and stood in there like a champ."

On Saturday, he will go into the outside gate and doesn't figure to have to stand there long, and the Dollases consider that a positive for the race.

As for the running of the race, Aimee Dollase said, "Naturally, we'd like to see a pretty fast pace, but we don't expect that. It's definitely going to be a jockey's race. Our horse will probably be five or six [lengths] behind and tracking the leaders and we hope by the time they turn for home we'll be in a good position to pounce on them."

If the track turns up "off," the Dollases won't be troubled. "He traveled over the sloppy track yesterday [Thursday] without a problem," Aimee Dollase said. "He's bred for an off track. His daddy [Deputy Commander] won the [1997] Travers Stakes on a sloppy track."