|Hawthorne Racecourse results (4/5/03)
Ten Most Wanted Takes Illinois Derby
STICKNEY, IL -- Ten Most Wanted, trained by Wallace Dollase grabbed the victory in the Grade 2, $500,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne on Saturday.
The post time favorite at 2-1, Ten Most Wanted was allowed to settle near the back of the pack under jockey Pat Day as Lx Commander and Alysweep carved out early fractions of 23.03, 46.73 and 1:11.72 for three-quarters.
Turning for home, it was five across the track as Ten Most Wanted saved ground before swinging wide and drawing clear of the field, winning by 4 lengths. Fund of Funds rated up close to the pace and rallied well for second while longshot Foufa's Warrior ran on for third.
Ten Most Wanted returned $6.60, $4.00, and $3.20. Fund of Funds came back $15.40 and $10.80 while Foufa's Warrior returned $8.20 to show.
The connections of Ten Most Wanted now have their eyes set on Kentucky the first Saturday in May. "This horse did exactly what Pat Day said he could," commented trainer Wallace Dollase. "He was very anxious in previous starts, but was able to rate well today. He calmed down well and had something left late. I know the owners will want to head to the Kentucky Derby and this horse is bred to go a mile and a quarter. We'll be headed to Kentucky in four weeks."
Jockey Pat Day was very impressed with his mount's performance, "It was a great race. He did everything I asked of him. Last time I rode him he was a little bit aggressive and then he settled. Today he was really focused and really into the game. He settled nicely and he was there for me when I called on him. He responded. He was really punching hard at the finish and galloped out strong."
Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan was pleased with Fund of Funds' performance. "He gave me a good feeling leaving the 3/8 pole. But he wasn't really keen the first part of it," he explained. "He really didn't give me a shot until the ½ mile pole then he decided to give me a shot. Coming off the quarter pole I thought I had a really good shot at winning. He gave me that impression. He ran a great race. He is getting better with each and every start."
Foufa's Warrior finished well for third and jockey Harry Vega was happy with their race also, "He's been a nice horse since the beginning. He's just really coming around. He's got a great future in front of him. I don't know where he's going next, they'll have to see how he comes out of the race, but I hope I'm going with him."