Ohio Derby (gr. II)

(gr. II , 9f ,)

PALLADIO (B h, 115 lb) $210,000
Lycius —Gioia , by Mari's Book
B—Haras Santa Maria de Araras S.A., FL.; O—Haras Santa Maria de Araras; T—Roger L. Attfield

Magna Graduate (DK B/ h, 117 lb) $70,000
Honor Grades —Peacock Alley , by Fast Play
B—Ramon Rangel, KY.; O—Elisabeth H. Alexander; T—Todd A. Pletcher

It's Time to Smile (GR/RO h, 115 lb) $35,000
Ops Smile —It's Time to Fly , by Valley Crossing
B—Ron & Betsy Sapp, LLC, MD.; O—Sapp, Betsy H. and Ron E.; T—Steven R. Brown

Margins: 1, 1½, nose. Others: Silver Haze 112($17,500) , Straight Line 117($10,500) , Pinpoint 115($7,000) , Hal's Image 115 , Unbridled Energy 115 . Winning Jockey, Richard Anthony Dos Ramos.

Palladio proved he could successfully make the jump from Canadian stakes company to U.S. graded stakes company with a one-length upset score in the July 2 Ohio Derby (gr. II) at Thistledown.

A homebred racing for Brazilian Julio Bozano’s Haras Santa Maria de Araras, Palladio posed a strong move in the stretch to overcome favored Magna Graduate. Palladio covered nine furlongs in 1:51.56 and returned $18.20.

Conditioned by Roger Attfield, the son of Lycius entered the Ohio Derby off a strong 41/2-length win in the nine-furlong Victoria Park Stakes at Woodbine June 12. The Ohio Derby wasn’t the first U.S. victory for Palladio, who has primarily raced in Canada since breaking his maiden there last fall. The 3-year-old bay colt won a nine-furlong allowance race at Keeneland in April before returning north to post a third in the Marine Stakes (Can-III) in May.

Palladio, who is now back at his home base in Canada, boasts a record of four wins from eight starts with earnings of $362,386. Attfield said he’s still mapping out the colt’s schedule, but the Haskell (gr. I) and Jim Dandy (gr. II) are possible options. “It will depend on his training,” Attfield said. “He’s still learning, but he is an improving horse.”

Haras Santa Maria de Araras bred Palladio in Florida from the winning Mari’s Book mare Gioia. Also a homebred for the Brazilian breeding/racing operation, Gioia won three of 12 starts and earned $62,525 in a two-year race career. Her first two foals, Momoney Moe (by Supremo) and Novantuno (by Runaway Groom), are winners this year.

Palladio’s second dam, the French-bred Hanako, was Argentina’s Broodmare of the Year in 1985, the same year Hanako’s group I-winning daughter Harvard’s Bay (by Halpern Bay) was named mare of the year.

At Haras Santa Maria de Araras near Ocala, Fla., Gioia has a yearling colt by Holy Bull and produced a Halo’s Image colt Jan. 30. The mare is currently in foal to Northern Afleet on a March 3 cover.

Lycius is the sire of 29 other stakes winners, including additional 2005 added-money winner Glorious Prospect. Lycius stands at Anne Morgan and Tim Little’s Mill Creek Farm near Stillwater, N.Y. His 2005 fee is $6,000.—A.W.