Two Scratched from Ohio Derby
Updated: Saturday, September 29, 2001 7:43 PM
Posted: Friday, September 28, 2001 4:24 PM
Unbridled Time and Saratoga Games have been scratched from Saturday's Ohio Derby (gr. II) at Thistledown.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas sited deception as his reason to withdraw Unbridled Time. He said Thistledown racing officials were "devious" in telling him only four horses were entered in the $300,000 race.
"They got eight to enter, but now they can run with seven because we're not coming," Lukas told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Thistledown racing secretary Bill Couch said he doesn't understand why Lukas feels he was deceived.
"When he did enter there were only four horses in the race," Couch told The Blood-Horse. "You have to take it from there."
Trainer Anthony Dutrow withdrew Saratoga Games to run instead in the $300,000 Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park on Oct. 6, according to Couch. Dutrow could not be reached for comment.
Last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Macho Uno is the 3-5 morning line favorite for the 1 1/8-mile race. The son of Holy Bull out of Primal Force is owned by Frank Stronach and trained by Joe Orseno. Macho Uno nearly missed the race because of a bout with colic. He will be ridden by Gary Stevens. Second choice in the early line at 5-1 is Saint Damien, who was second in the Illinois Derby (gr. II) and will be ridden by Tony D'Amico. He is owned by Victoria Racing Stable and trained by Kenneth McPeek.
The rest of the field includes Western Pride (6-1) ridden by Dana Whitley, On the Game (20-1) ridden by Emile Ramsammy, Woodmoon (20-1) ridden by Larry Melancon, and Weston Field (15-1) ridden by Lonnie Meche.
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