OffTrackBetting.com - Jack Thistledown Racino in North Randall, Ohio will play host to the G3 Ohio Derby on Saturday, June, 24. Three year olds will take to Thistledown's dirt track and race 1 1/8 miles searching for the winner's share of the $500,000 purse.
A talented field of nine have been confirmed for the Ohio Derby - race 8 on Thistledown's Saturday schedule. Post time is 5:30 PM. Here is a look into the past performances of all nine combatants for this lucrative G3 stakes - four of which were among the 20 starters in the Kentucky Derby.
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2017 Ohio Derby Entries at Santa Anita Park
Has placed in four of five career starts for trainer Joe Sharp - three wins and a runner-up finish. He enters off his worst career start - a bad-trip thirteenth in the Kentucky Derby which followed two straight impressive graded stakes scores - the G2 Louisiana Derby April 1 by 1 1/4 lengths and the G2 Risen Star Stakes by two lengths February 25 - both at Fair Grounds. He had a second in the minor Keith Gee Memorial Overnight Stakes before that February 4 and a maiden score at first asking December 16. Girvin was a contender for the Derby, he most recently fired a bullet five-furlong workout in 1:00 at Churchill's Trackside Training Center June 17 and will be out to avenge a poor outing in that race from gate 6. Mike Smith rides the morning line favorite.
Doug O'Neill trained colt has a win, three seconds and a third-place finish in his nine career starts. He started his career with a third and a fourth respectively in a pair of MSW races and went on to a respectable runner-up finish in the G1 Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity December 10. He enters off an unflattering eighteenth in the Kentucky Derby May 6 which followed a terrific win over a very good field in the G2 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland April 8, a slightly disappointing fourth in the G3 Sunland Derby March 26 and consecutive runner-up finishes - in the minor Mine That Bird Derby at Sunland Park February 26 and the G2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita February 4. Irap has been a tad tough to figure out but will chase his second graded stakes score in three starts when he leaves from the rail with Julien Leparoux guiding the second betting choice.
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Has a win, three seconds and a third-place finish in seven career starts for trainer Steve Asmussen. He was good this past winter when he broke maiden November 20 and had consecutive runner-up finishes in graded stakes action - the G3 LeComte Stakes January 21 and the G2 Risen Star Stakes February 25 - both at Fair Grounds. Last time out was a slightly disappointing twelfth in the Kentucky Derby May 6 which followed a sixth in the G1 Arkansas Derby April 15 and a third in the G2 Rebel Stakes March 18 - both at Oaklawn Park. Untrapped has been decent so far but has failed to hit the board in his last two starts overall. Ricardo Santana will try to snap the funk from gate 2 Saturday as the morning line third choice.
Sorry Erik 6-1
Keith Desormeaux trained colt has three wins and a runner-up finish in his 11 career starts. He won two straight races to starts his year at Santa Anita including an Allowance Optional Claiming February 2 and has been less-than-spectacular since. Last time out was a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Santa Anita May 18 after a fifth in the G2 Louisiana Derby February 1 and a seventh in the G2 Risen Star Stakes February 25 - both at Fair Grounds. Sorry Erik shoots for his first stakes score Saturday in so-so form and will have Kent Desormeaux guiding him from post 5.
Fast and Accurate 8-1
Michael Maker trained colt won three straight races this past winter including the minor Sage of Monticello Stakes in gate-to-wire fashion at Gulfstream February 20 and the G3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park March 25. He has failed to place in two starts since - a fourth last time out in the G3 Arlington Classic May 27 followed a seventeenth in the Kentucky Derby May 6. Fast and Accurate has shown some serious form in the past and hopes to get back to his winning ways while snapping a two-race losing streak from post 7. TD Houghton has the mount.
Game Over 12-1
Will hit the track for just the third time for trainer Jeffrey Radosevich looking to stay undefeated. He steps up into stakes company for the first time Saturday off a Starter Allowance score at Churchill Downs May 14 and a Maiden Claiming win at first asking at Oaklawn Park March 25. Game Over hasn't been touched so far and tries to make it three straight wins to start his career when he leaves from gate 8 with Jacob Radosevich in the irons.
Talk Less 12-1
Jeffrey Radosevich trained colt has two wins and two runner-up finishes in six career starts. He makes his stakes debut Saturday on the heels of two straight wins - an Allowance on his very track last time out May 13 and a maiden score by five lengths at Mahoning Valley April 18. He was just OK before that. Talk Less steps up in decent form hoping his success against lesser competition translates Saturday. Luis Colon has been tabbed to ride from post 3.
Has three wins, a second and a third-place finish in 10 career starts. Last time out was an Allowance score at Churchill Downs May 21 after a fourth in the minor Robert Hilton Memorial Stakes at Charles Towns April 22, a Starter Allowance score at Santa Anita Match 30 and a second in a Claiming t Santa Anita January 6. His only graded stakes result was a fifth in the G1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita in October. Vibe has been OK so far in his career but will need a special effort in order to contend Saturday. Ricardo Feliciano gets the call from gate 4.
Has four career starts for trainer Thomas Drury with three wins and a third-place finish. He steps into stakes company for the first time Saturday on the heels of a two-race win streak - both Allowance Optional Claiming races with the last coming May 11 at Belterra Park. He has been competitive so far and hopes to be again in his major step up in competition. John McKee will be in the reins from the outside post 9.
2017 Ohio Derby Odds & Entries
Race 8 on Thistledown's Saturday card with a Post Time of 5:30 PM.
|1||Irap||3-1||Julien Leparoux||Doug O'Neill|
|2||Untrapped||9-2||Ricardo Santana, Jr.||Steven Asmussen|
|3||Talk Less||12-1||Luis Colon||Jeffrey Radosevich|
|4||Vibe||12-1||Ricardo Feliciano||Robert Hess, Jr.|
|5||Sorry Erik||6-1||Kent Desormeaux||J. Desormeaux|
|6||Girvin||2-1||Mike Smith||Joe Sharp|
|7||Fast and Accurate||8-1||T. Houghton||Michael Maker|
|8||Game Over||12-1||Jacob Radosevich||Jeffrey Radosevich|
|9||Hinton||20-1||John McKee||Thomas Drury, Jr.|