Day first rode Ten Most Wanted to a third-place finish in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) in northern California on March 8 and followed with a four-length romp in the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne on April 5.
Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Ten Most Wanted breezed five-eighths of a mile in :59 2/5 under Hall of Famer Pat Day Monday morning at Churchill Downs."It was very, very nice," trainer Wally Dollase said of the work, in which Ten Most Wanted posted fractional times of :12 1/5, :23 4/5, :35 4/5, and :47 1/5. He galloped out six furlongs in 1:12 2/5. "It was the same old stuff. He galloped out strong and that is the main thing. He fools Pat (Day). I told Pat to go nice and easy but to let him get something out of the work. When they gallop out like he does, it gives you a really good feeling. He really covered the ground well. I wish the track wasn't so hard. These horses are making a lot of noise. I hear they do this every year."Day, who has been effusive in his praise of the Deputy Commander colt, said, "didn't think I could be any happier than I was last week, but I am."