Highly regarded 4-year-old colt Tencendur, whose 3-year-old campaign was cut short because of a broken sesamoid near his left front foot, is scheduled to make his first start since last June in an allowance event at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 1.
Loooch Racing Stables' Mo Dont No, sixth of 10 in his first start around two turns in the Ohio Derby in open company, wheeled back a week and two days later to easily capture the $75,000 Daniel Stearns Cleveland Gold Cup July 4 at Thistledown.
GMB Racing's Mo Tom finally got a clean trip and showed just how good he can be June 25 in the $500,000 Ohio Derby Stakes at JACK ThistleDown Racino.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Ohio Derby at Thistledown.
Grade III winner Mo Tom has several things in his favor for the June 25 Ohio Derby at Thistledown which is the reason he's the 5-2 favorite on the morning line.
Bill Kaplan, one of South Florida's most successful trainers over the past 30 years and conditioner of 2011 champion female sprinter Musical Romance, will retire from training after this weekend.
Longshot S'maverlous proved up to the challenge of his first stakes try and registered a clear victory in the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) March 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Gallant Stable's grade I winner Majestic Harbor will go for his second consecutive graded stakes victory of the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots meet in the $400,000 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) Mar. 26.
X Y Jet has won his last four, including two stakes starts at Gulfstream Park, and figures to make it five in the Feb. 27 Gulfstream Park Sprint Stakes (gr. III) Feb. 27.
International Star, who last year swept the 3-year-old prep races on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, will reenter the graded ranks Feb. 20 in the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at Fair Grounds.
Magna Graduate, the sire of Iowa Derby (gr. III) winner Jessica's Star, has been relocated to Dr. Robert Zoellner's Rockin' Z Ranch near Beggs, Okla., for the 2016 breeding season.
The Ohio Derby will return to the distance of 1 1/8 miles and for the second year in a row will be worth $500,000 for its 82nd running June 25, 2016, at ThistleDown Racino in North Randall, Ohio.
Continuing an upward progression that began this summer, Saraguaro followed his first stakes victory last month with another strong performance Nov. 7, winning the $100,000 Sunshine Millions Classic Preview by 1 1/4 lengths.
H. Jack Hendricks and Roger Justice's East Hall is scheduled to seek a repeat victory in the Millions Classic Preview, a 1 1/16-mile stakes for 3-year-olds and up that attracted a field of seven.
King's Bishop winner Runhappy and Breeders' Cup Sprint victor Work All Week bookend a field of 12 going six furlongs in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes Oct. 2 at Keeneland.
Midwest Thoroughbreds' champion Work All Week, second in his two races this year after his Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) victory in 2014, got back on track with a win in the Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial Stakes Aug. 1.
Trainer Brendan Walsh has sent a letter to his owners contending that a post-race test that found multiple non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in Saham after a race was the result of a veterinarian's error.
This year's $500,000 Ohio Derby in retrospect can be considered a success on several levels, and management at ThistleDown Racino expects the marquee race--and the overall racing product--to only get better.
The Malibu Moon colt, who had not won a race since his debut maiden victory 14 starts back, had just enough to give in the 1 1/16-mile test, edging out Tencendur and Divining Rod for the victory June 20 at Thistledown.
- By Claire Novak
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Ohio Derby at Thistledown this weekend. With several horses from the Triple Crown trail reuniting, who will come out on top? watch video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra handicap the Ohio Derby at Thistledown this weekend. With several horses from the Triple Crown trail reuniting, who will come out on top?
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Ohio Derby at Thistledown. read blog
Nine 3-year-olds were entered for the 1 1/16-mile test, with Illinois Derby (gr. III) winner Wiskey Ticket favored at 3-1 on the morning line and Preakness (gr. I) third-place finisher Divining Rod second choice at 7-2.
Illinois Derby (gr. III) winner Whiskey Ticket, Far Right, and War Story all breezed June 13 at Churchill Downs gearing up for the Ohio Derby, while Divisidero prepped for a start in the Belmont Derby (gr. IT).
Ron Paolucci's War Story will bypass the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in favor of the June 20 Ohio Derby (gr. III), the owner confirmed May 26.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Almost Famous||Patrick B. Byrne||
|Avgolemono||Michael C. Pappada||
|Bump Start||Kellyn Gorder||
|Cleburne||Dale L. Romans||
|East Hall||William A. Kaplan||
|Harry's Holiday||Michael J. Maker||
|Jessica's Star||Michael Stidham||
|Larcenyinmyheart||Anthony F. Rini||
|Mushu||Anthony F. Rini||
|Russellin||Chris A. Hartman||
|Saa Mi||Brendan P. Walsh||
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