05/03/2004 11:00PM

Ten Most Wanted sidelined


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Grade 1 winner Ten Most Wanted has been sidelined while veterinarians try to evaluate an unspecified injury. On Tuesday at Hollywood Park, trainer Wally Dollase declined to detail Ten Most Wanted's setback.

"It's a minor thing, but it could be something serious. You just don't know," Dollase said.

Winner of the Travers, Super Derby, and Illinois Derby last year as a 3-year-old, Ten Most Wanted returned to peak form April 17 at Hawthorne, where he won the National Jockey Club Handicap by 6 3/4 lengths with a Beyer Speed Figure of 110. A five-time winner who has earned more than $1.7 million from 13 starts, Ten Most Wanted was pointing for the Grade 1 Pimlico Special when the injury surfaced. Dollase said he would know more about Ten Most Wanted's status on Thursday.

Dollase was dealt a second blow with another unspecified injury, this to the promising 3-year-old Erewhon. Runner-up in two turf stakes this spring at Santa Anita, Erewhon was positioned to become one of the state's leading 3-year-old turf runners. Dollase said he was "not sure yet" about the Erewhon's return, but said he was off the grounds and out of training.

Shoemaker for Leroidesanimaux

The field for the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile on May 31 at Hollywood Park will include the course record-holder for 1 1/16 miles on turf. Leroidesanimaux broke the old record by .32 seconds Saturday, when he won the Grade 3 Inglewood Handicap by two lengths in 1:38.45.

"I'm going to take a shot and put him in the Shoemaker," said trainer Bobby Frankel on Tuesday. "I don't know how good he is. He should be undefeated in this country."

A 4-year-old from Brazil, Leroidesanimaux finished fourth in his U.S. debut Jan. 7 in a sprint, then followed with consecutive allowance wins around two turns before his Inglewood victory.

Watchem Smokey, a sprinter trained by Frankel, will resume training this week after a March 28 spill at Santa Anita. Winner of the Grade 3 Vernon O. Underwood at Hollywood Park on Nov. 27, Watchem Smokey was making the winning move in the Grade 2 Potrero Grande when he was unable to avoid a fallen Casas Caballo. Frankel said Watchem Smokey, who has won 7 of 11, would return to the track by the end of the week.

Gassan Royal looking sharp

Ballingarry is the 119-pound highweight for the $350,000 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap on Saturday, and Rhythm Mad (116) will be among the favorites after a troubled second in the San Juan Capistrano. None of the confirmed five runners in 1 1/2-mile turf race, however, is as sharp and consistent as Gassan Royal, who is trained by Frankel. First or second in all eight of his starts, Gassan Royal (113) is venturing beyond allowance company for the first time and will try to give Frankel his seventh win in the race.

Gassan Royal will be ridden by Javier Santiago. The expected field: Ballingarry (119), Continental Red (116), Rhythm Mad (116), Runaway Dancer (115), and Gassan Royal (113).

Pico Central works for Met Mile

Pico Central breezed Tuesday for the first time since his impressive April 10 win in the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct.

"It was just an easy breeze," said trainer Paulo Lobo of Pico Central's half-mile work, which went in 47.80.

Lobo confirmed that Pico Central will start next May 31 in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park. No jockey assignment has been made. Alex Solis, who rode Pico Central in the Carter, is the regular rider for Megahertz, who is aiming for the Gamely Handicap on May 31 at Hollywood Park.

Cheiron staying home

After evaluating the Kentucky Derby win by Smarty Jones, trainer Kristin Mulhall has decided to keep Snow Chief stakes winner Cheiron at home in California rather than take on Smarty Jones in the Preakness.

"I'm going to leave him here. He's a California boy," Mulhall said Tuesday at Hollywood Park.

Cheiron earned a Beyer Figure of 93 beating California-breds in the Snow Chief, a figure 14 points lower than the one Smarty Jones earned in the Derby.

The Preakness, said Mulhall, "is a little over our head."

The next graded stakes for 3-year-olds at Hollywood is the seven-furlong Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes on May 29.

Mulhall said plans are undecided for Imperialism, third in the Kentucky Derby. "We'll get him back here and see how he's doing," she said. "He needs a lot of schooling at the gate."

Imperialism is not expected to enter the Preakness. His long-range plan, according to Mulhall, is the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park.

Puerto Banus, a graded stakes winner and one of the top long-distance turf horses in the state, will skip the Jim Murray on Saturday. Mulhall said Puerto Banus "lost a lot of time" following the Grade 2 San Luis Rey on March 20. He came out of the race sick and spent two weeks merely walking.

Three stakes on one card

The Jim Murray is one of three stakes Saturday. The others are the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap at six furlongs and the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at 1 1/16 miles for older horses.

The 119-pound starting highweights for the Los Angeles are Hombre Rapido and Marino Marini. Other possible starters include Our Bobby V., Pohave, Rojo Toro, Seattle Shams, and Summer Service.

In the Mervyn LeRoy, Olmodavor is expected to be the 121-pound highweight. Other possible starters include Buckland Manor, Even the Score, Gift of the Eagle, Star Cross, The Eden, and Total Impact.

Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Adoration, who returned to form March 14 to win the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Handicap, was assigned 122 pounds high weight for the Grade 1 Vanity on Sunday. Others expected to run in the 1 1/8-mile race include Star Parade (117), Hope Rises (116), and Victory Encounter (116).