09/14/2003 11:00PM

Six likely for Super Derby


Ten Most Wanted and Soto, who have developed into two of the most exciting 3-year-olds in the country over the summer, will meet for the first time Saturday in the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La.

A field of six horses was probable for the 1 1/8-mile race as of Monday, with entries to be taken on Wednesday. Also expected are Kool Humor, Zydeco Affair, Crowned King, and Taxicat, the first four finishers in the $50,000 Prelude at Louisiana Downs.

Dynever, winner of the Grade 3, $500,000 Lone Star Derby, is being considered for the Super Derby. His connections are also looking at the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at home in New York, said his trainer, Christophe Clement. A decision on the Super Derby was to be made Tuesday after Clement conferred Dynever's owners.

As for late nominee Grand Hombre, he will pass the race. Purchased by Darley Stable following his win in the Grade 3, $500,000 Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 1, he could make his next start in the Grade 3, $400,000 Indiana Derby on Oct. 4.

"We want to give him a little more time between races," said his new trainer, Tom Albertrani.

Ten Most Wanted, who won the $1 million Travers in his last start Aug. 23, was scheduled to fly to Louisiana Downs on Tuesday morning from his Hollywood Park base, according to his trainer, Wally Dollase. The colt worked a bullet five furlongs in 1:00.20 on Friday, and could have one more drill before the Super Derby.

"We might breeze him a little bit over that track a couple of days out," Dollase said. "Maybe three-eighths or a half-mile. He'll tell us what to do."

Ten Most Wanted will be ridden by Pat Day.

Soto, a Maryland-based colt undefeated in five starts, set a track record at Mountaineer Park in his last start on Aug. 9 when he won the Grade 3, $600,000 West Virginia Derby by a neck over Dynever. He covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:46.20.

Soto has worked well since, and on Saturday worked four furlongs in 53 seconds over the all-weather track at his Tapeta Farm base. Trained by Michael Dickinson, Soto is scheduled to be flown to Louisiana on Friday afternoon, and will be ridden by Ramon Dominguez.

Kerwin Clark has the mount on Kool Humor, who was a strong two-length winner of the Prelude in his last start. Earlier this year, he won the $100,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup at Lone Star Park.

Kool Humor is scheduled to van to Louisiana Downs from his Retama Park base near San Antonio midweek, probably on Wednesday, said his owner, Tom Durant.

Zydeco Affair, Crowned King, and Taxicat are all based at Louisiana Downs.