04/30/2003 11:00PM

Ten Most Wanted still looks sharp


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - With the Kentucky Derby favorite, Empire Maker, cooling his sore heel back at the barn and more than one-third of the prospective field having worked the previous morning, training hours were relatively quiet here on Wednesday. The morning offered few, if any, clues to solving the Derby puzzle, now just three days away.

About the most notable news on Wednesday other than Empire Maker's tender foot concerned the condition of the racetrack, which appeared to have a bit more give to it than on previous mornings. The track has been extremely fast in recent days, most notably Tuesday, when six of the Derby hopefuls worked.

Of the horses who have made the best impressions here this week, only Ten Most Wanted and Atswhatimtalknbout went to the track on Wednesday, and neither were asked to do too much.

Ten Most Wanted, accompanied by trainer Wally Dollase aboard his stable pony, sandwiched a visit to the paddock between some light jogging in the chute and on the racetrack. He continues to make a bright, powerful appearance.

Atswhatimtalknbout was the last of the Derby horses to come out on the track, appearing at 8:50 a.m. He galloped an easy mile without the blinkers he will wear on race day for the first time in the Derby. He appeared to bobble slightly for a stride or two down the stretch over what by that time was a fairly

well-chewed-up racetrack. The bobbling was probably more because the Churchill surface was deeper than he is accustomed to, or mere boredom, than anything his connections or backers need be concerned about on Derby Day.

Outta Here had a fairly aggressive but unspectacular gallop after visiting the starting gate immediately after the renovation break.

With Empire Maker taking the morning off, trainer Bobby Frankel was represented only by Peace Rules, who was the first out on the track, jogging an easy 1 3/8 miles after the break.

Eye of the Tiger visited the track and paddock almost simultaneously with Ten Most Wanted. Eye of the Tiger also was accompanied by a stable pony.

* With the Kentucky Oaks only 48 hours away, light gallops and some jogging were the order of the day. Likely Oaks favorite Elloluv was asked to stretch her legs, striding along at better than a two-minute lick through the stretch and out around to the five-furlong pole. She is not the smoothest mover when beginning her morning activity, but she is a horse whose action improves the faster she travels.


* Atswhatimtalknbout: Galloped one mile

* Brancusi: Galloped 1 1/2 miles at Keeneland

* Buddy Gil: Jogged one mile, galloped one mile

* Domestic Dispute: Jogged 1 1/4 miles

* Empire Maker: Walked

* Eye of the Tiger: Schooled in paddock, galloped five furlongs

* Funny Cide: Flew to Kentucky from Belmont Park

* Indian Express: Walked

* Lone Star Sky: Walked

* Offlee Wild: Walked

* Outta Here: Visited the starting gate, galloped 1 3/4 miles o Peace Rules: Galloped 1 3/8 miles

* Scrimshaw: Visited starting gate and jogged

* Sir Cherokee: Walked.

* Supah Blitz: Walked.

* Ten Cents A Shine: Galloped

* Ten Most Wanted: Jogged in the chute, schooled in paddock, jogged a half mile