Ten Most Wanted On Target for Derby Bounty

Illinois Derby (gr. II) winner Ten Most Wanted came out of his four-length triumph on Saturday in good order and the son of Deputy Commander remains on target for the May 3 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), trainer Wally Dollase said.

"Everything looked fine at the barn after the race, but we had a vet check him out and everything's just great," Dollase said on Sunday. "He'll go to Keeneland in a day or so where I have some other horses and then on about the 20th or so, we'll take him to Churchill Downs and get him ready.

"I am so pleased with how he ran. Pat (jockey Day) said he finally got professional and that he rated just beautifully. He said Ten Most Wanted felt like an older horse yesterday, which is very important heading into a race like the Kentucky Derby."

Though Dollase's only two Kentucky Derby starters finished 8th (Alyrob in 1996) and 14th (Momentous in 1987), the veteran conditioner believes Ten Most Wanted shows all the signs of an improving horse ready to run his best race on the first Saturday in May.

"He's an improved horse, even since his last race (a third-place finish in the March 8 El Camino Real Derby) and that's what's most important. The secret is to run just like he did (in the Illinois Derby); break like that and have something for the ending."

Ten Most Wanted is virtually assured a spot in the Kentucky Derby field with career graded earnings of $330,000.