Deputy Glitters, under a determined ride from Rene Douglas, prevailed in a long stretch drive over 11-10 favorite High Cotton to capture the $350,000 Ohio Derby (gr. II) by a neck at Thistledown Saturday.
Douglas had the Tom Albertrani-trained Deputy Glitters well spotted in mid-pack for the opening half-mile, moved into contention in upper stretch, and outfought the favorite who was on the inside through the lane. The son of Deputy Commander
completed the 1 1/8-mile event in 1:50 1/5.
"We were concerned about High Cotton drawing outside of us and putting the pressure on early," Albertrani said. "We were hoping (Deputy Glitters) would go to the front but we were able to track (High Cotton) instead and it worked out beautifully. High Cotton didn't give up and we had to earn our win today."
It was 1 1/2 lengths back toFlashy Bull, closing too late along the inside, in third.
Ti Uimet set the pace (:23, :47 3/5, 1:12), with High Cotton and Chris DeCarlo stalking in second to the top of the lane before the front-runner faded to last in the field of six. High Cotton, looking for his third successive win for trainer Todd Pletcher, was immediately engaged by Deputy Glitters and could not overcome the winner. Both carried co-high weight of 121 pounds.
"I didn't want to go head to head up with (Tri Uimet) or have him get away from me," said Douglas, who rode Deputy Glitters for the first time. "Then going down the stretch I didn't want to go head to head with High Cotton because I was worried about someone else coming up from behind. I had to ride really hard to the wire but my horse never gave up."
Owned and bred in Kentucky by Joseph Lacombe Stables, Deputy Glitters earned his first win since taking the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III) by two lengths over Bluegrass Cat March 18. He finished sixth in the Wood Memorial (gr. I), eighth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and 11th in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in his subsequent starts.
"This horse has come along way," said Lacombe. "He was a slow developer but once he showed what he had, I knew we had an exceptional horse."
The victory, Deputy Glitters' third in 10 starts, was worth $150,000 and pushed his career earnings to $415,548. Deputy Glitters is out of Glitters, by Glitterman
The third choice, Deputy Glitters paid $10.20, $5.20, and $3.20. High Cotton returned $3 and $2.40. Flashy Bull, ridden by Luis Gonzalez, overcame some early rankness to be a close-up third and was $3.20 to show.
It was five lengths back to Sacred Light, followed by Sayhellotolarry and Tri Uimet.