Illinois Derby winner Ten Most Wanted.

Illinois Derby winner Ten Most Wanted.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Recovered Ten Most Wanted Works Toward Belmont Stakes

Chisholm, Jarvis and Reddam's Ten Most Wanted took one more step toward the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) with a seven-furlong work in 1:25 over a fast Hollywood Park main track Tuesday morning. Regular exercise rider Bruno Delgadillo was aboard for the move, which was the only one clocked at seven furlongs.

"He's back to his old self," Aimee Dollase, assistant to her father, Wally, said. "He worked really good and galloped out well. He was really strong in the last half mile too. His energy level is obviously back up, which was the only thing we were really worried about. I think he lost some of that after the Derby."

Ten Most Wanted was the public's near 7-1 third choice in the Derby field of 16 and was never a factor in the 1 1/4-mile race before finishing ninth. He was bumped hard coming out of the gate and suffered a sore back and body stiffness, which may explain his dull performance. He was treated by a chiropractor and given a few days off to recuperate, obviously returning to top form in his three post-Derby workouts.

Dollase said she and her father have been in regular contact with Ten Most Wanted's Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day and that the rider has made it a point to stay up-to-date on how the bay son of Deputy Commander has been training.

"(Day) hasn't lost any faith in Ten Most Wanted," Dollase said. "He said he's been reading a lot of good things about how he's doing and how well he's training. It's a good feeling to have a rider like Pat Day show confidence in this horse, that's for sure."

Ten Most Wanted won the Illinois Derby (gr. II) by four lengths in April and also finished third in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) in March. Overall he's banked $373,460 from a career line of 6-2-1-1.

Kentucky-bred Ten Most Wanted will have his final Belmont tune-up at Hollywood on Monday before leaving for New York on Tuesday.