09/19/2003 11:00PM

Perfect 'Ten' beats Soto

Louisiana Downs
Ten Most Wanted cruises past Soto on his way to a half-length victory in the Grade 2 Super Derby.

BOSSIER CITY, La. - Ten Most Wanted solidified his status as a Breeders' Cup Classic contender on Saturday when he edged past Soto under a hand ride for a half-length win the Grade 2, $500,000 on Saturday.

With the win, jockey Pat Day swept all three stakes on Saturday's card.

Ten Most Wanted was the 1-2 favorite in the 1 1/8-mile race on the strength of his 4 1/2-length win last month in the $1 million Travers Stakes. He was content to settle along the rail early, while Taxicat led the field through an opening quarter in 24.41 seconds. Kool Humor took over through a half-mile in 49.60 seconds before conceding the lead to Soto.

Soto came into the stretch alone, but Ten Most Wanted engaged him from the outside soon afterward and went on to cover the distance in 1:50.77. Soto, previously undefeated in five career starts, held second, 5 1/4 lengths in front of a late-running Crowned King.

Ten Most Wanted, trained by Wally Dollase, is a son of Deputy Commander, who won the Super Derby in 1997. Dollase also trained Deputy Commander, and he co-owns Ten Most Wanted with 10 other partners.

The ride they have taken this year has been a thrilling one. Ten Most Wanted won his maiden in January, and by April he was a leading Kentucky Derby contender after his dominating win in the Grade 2 Illinois Derby.

Ten Most Wanted had trouble at the start of the Kentucky Derby and finished ninth. He emerged from the race with back problems, but his recovery was quick and he returned a month later to finish a game second to Empire Maker in the Belmont Stakes.

Ten Most Wanted earned $300,000 for his Super Derby victory, boosting his career bankroll to more than $1.5 million.

Ten Most Wanted paid $3, $2.10, and $2.10. Heavy show wagering on Ten Most Wanted and Soto resulted in a $192,016 minus show pool.

Dyna Da Wyna wins by a head

Dyna Da Wyna ($3.80), under Day, won a photo over Tiva's Little Sis to take the $75,000 Marie P. DeBartolo Oaks by a head. It was another 2 3/4 lengths back in third to Tincan Too.

Dyna Da Wyna settled just behind the early leaders and then rallied up the rail under Day, covering the 1 1/16 miles over firm turf in 1:43.33. She is owned by WinStar and is trained by Elliott Walden.

* Waupaca ($5.40) led throughout under Day for a neck win over Gentlemen J J in the $50,000 Donnie Wilhite Memorial Handicap. Donnie Von Hemel trains Waupaca for Wayne Sanders.