Ohio Derby Kicks Off Mid-Tier Derby Season (June 25)

Chris Adams

The roses from the first Saturday in May have wilted. However, many familiar names will get back on the derby trail this summer. These mid-tier derbies run at smaller tracks kick off Saturday with the Ohio Derby from Thistledown.

Full Card Analysis

Thistledown (Ohio Derby Day) Race 1

Post: 12:00 PM ET; Purse: $20,800 Claiming, 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 9

  • #1 HOSANNA (3-1) looks tough to beat here given the edge in a number of key categories including speed & class.
  • #1A BUSYBEING FABULOUS (3-1) is worth a look here given edges in class & record at the distance.
  • #4 PROPHETESS (4-1) should be competitive based on the overall power rating which has it tops in the group.
  • #3 WWINSPIRED (5-2) is worth a look here given edges in class & form.

Selections: 1-1A-4-3

Thistledown (Ohio Derby Day) Race 2

Post: 12:28 PM ET; Purse: $38,400 Allowance, 5 1/2 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 7

  • #6 COUNTRY TAKE OUT (4-1) looks tough to beat here given the edge in a number of key categories including speed & class.
  • #3 CORNER OFFICE (5-2) makes a ton of sense based on speed figures.
  • #2 DOUGS MORNING PICK (12-1) is a nice price and has a power rating to fit with this group.
  • #4 CATMAN JACK (9-2) is in with a great chance based on the horse's class & form.

Selections: 6-3-2-4

Thistledown (Ohio Derby Day) Race 3

Post: 12:56 PM ET; Purse: $38,400 Allowance, 5 1/2 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 8

  • #4 TRAITOR AMONGST US (5-1) is worth a look here given edges in class & form.
  • #1 WOLFINE (7-2) is a major player in today's race edging the field in several key handicapping factors including stamina & record at the distance.
  • #5 MASTEROFTHEHOUNDS (4-1) looks to have to have kept the best company in the previous starts.
  • #3 WILDCAT BILL (9-2) is worth a look here given edges in race flow & pace.

Selections: 4-1-5-3

Thistledown (Ohio Derby Day) Race 4

Post: 1:24 PM ET; Purse: $13,500 Claiming, 5 1/2 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 11

  • #1 ICONIC (7-2) looks formidable here given the edge in a number of key categories including speed & class.
  • #10 UNYIELDING (8-1) could get a solid race flow in today’s contest.
  • #4 FOX ON THE RUN (4-1) has a power rating that suggests this one is in the right spot.
  • #8 MR LIGHTNING BOY (5-1) has to be respected based on the connections.

Selections: 1-10-4-8

Thistledown (Ohio Derby Day) Race 5

Post: 1:52 PM ET; Purse: $26,400 Maiden Special Weight, 5 1/2 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 10

  • #9 SABELLE (7-2) is in with a great chance based on the horse's race flow & form.
  • #4 MY DANCING QUEEN (8-1) should be competitive based on the overall pedigree which has it tops in the group.
  • #2 RUNONFAITH (3-1) will debut here and could be a live runner.
  • #8 ALITA (9-2) is a major player in today's race edging the field in several key handicapping factors including speed & connections.

Selections: 9-4-2-8

Thistledown (Ohio Derby Day) Race 6

Post: 2:20 PM ET; Purse: $29,700 Allowance, 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 10

  • #5 BEER CHASER (4-1) is in with a great chance based on the horse's class & form.
  • #2 DOUGIE D ORO (3-1) is a major player in today's race edging the field in several key handicapping factors including speed & power rating.
  • #7 SO DIALED IN (5-1) is proven as a good bet to at least hit the board under today's distance and surface conditions.
  • #8 BAD LITTLE BEAST (15-1) has a solid record at the distance and is worth a look here.

Selections: 5-2-7-8

Thistledown (Ohio Derby Day) Race 7

Post: 2:48 PM ET; Purse: $23,300 Starter Allowance, 6 Furlongs on Dirt; Entries: 9

  • #6 WOODLAND WALK (4-1) has a great shot in the race given the speed & class.
  • #1 AHIMELECH (5-2) has to be respected based on the connections.
  • #8 CONCRETE GLORY (9-2) figures based on the speed figures run in recent starts.
  • #5 KADRI (7-2) classes up well against this group.

Selections: 6-1-8-5

Thistledown (Ohio Derby Day) Race 8

Post: 3:18 PM ET; Purse: $75,000 Daniel Stearns Cleveland Gold Cup S., 1 1/8 Miles on Dirt; Entries: 8

  • #7 COUNTRY CLUB BOBBY (3-1) looks tough to beat here given the edge in a number of key categories including speed & stamina.
  • #4 STUNT MAN (6-1) comes into the race signaling a big performance in the near future.
  • #2 RUMBLE STRIP RON (7-2) is in with a great chance based on the horse's stamina & power rating.
  • #6 TANTRUM (4-1) has speed figures to fit with this group.

Selections: 7-4-2-6

Thistledown (Ohio Derby Day) Race 9

Post: 3:57 PM ET; Purse: $75,000 George Lewis Memorial S., 1 1/16 Miles on Dirt; Entries: 13

  • #13 AUTHENTIC COWTOWN (7-2) should be competitive today based on the horse's speed & pace.
  • #8 BIG TRUCK (10-1) should be competitive based on the overall power rating which has it tops in the group.
  • #12 MOBIL SOLUTION (4-1) should really enjoy the distance of this race and could play a major role at the wire..
  • #4 FIRST SONG (9-2) is in solid form coming into the race.

Selections: 13-8-12-4

Thistledown (Ohio Derby Day) Race 10

Post: 4:48 PM ET; Purse: $250,000 Lady Jacqueline S., 1 1/8 Miles on Dirt; Entries: 10

  • #9 MARACUJA (4-1) is worth a look here given edges in class & pace.
  • #6 ARMY WIFE (3-1) should be competitive today based on the horse's speed & power rating.
  • #10 MALICED (30-1) is a longshot who could surprise at a price. This one is probably more likely to hit the board than win.
  • #5 CRAZY BEAUTIFUL (7-2) was scratched from a stakes earlier this summer. Maybe the thought was that this was a better spot.

Selections: 9-6-10-5

Thistledown (Ohio Derby Day) Race 11

Post: 5:35 PM ET; Purse: $500,000 Ohio Derby, 1 1/8 Miles on Dirt; Entries: 8

White Abarrio heads to the Ohio Derby
White Abarrio | Photo Credit Blood Horse
  • #5 WHITE ABARRIO (7-2) is in with a great chance based on the horse's class & pace.
  • #1 BARESE (9-2) is a major player based on speed figures.
  • #8 CLASSIC CAUSEWAY (6-1) will look to be an early pace play and try to take them around in merry-go-round like fashion
  • #7 TAWNY PORT (3-1) will likely have the stamina to outlast these in the final jumps of the race.

Selections: 5-1-8-7

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