This Saturday, June 26th, 2021 marks the 87th running of the $500K Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown. It's been billed by Thistledown as the most prestigious thoroughbred race in Ohio, set to be contested at one mile and one-eighth on the dirt.
Familiar Kentucky Derby 2021 hopefuls will mix with new, up-and-coming three-year-old shooters who are looking to establish their authority in their division.
Prominent among this group is the Ken McPeek-trained KING FURY (9-2), who will be ridden by Corey Lanerie. This is a talented son of CURLIN who was scratched just before the Kentucky Derby due to a fever, and missed out on what could've been a peak-performance.
He was fresh off a powerful win in the Lexington Stakes (G3), where he earned himself a new top speed figure for the effort. It was over the muddy going, yes, but he'd already flashed his talent when he beat Arkansas Derby (G1) winner SUPER STOCK in the Street Sense Stakes. These CURLIN babies sometimes take longer to develop, but once their mind is on running, they can take a division by storm. If he produces that same effort over a fast track, he should be tough to handle.
The rapidly improving PROMISE KEEPER (7-2) for trainer Todd Pletcher also joins the fray. He's an interesting player, for he beat NOVA RAGS on the square last time out. And we just saw NOVA RAGS return for the Woody Stephens (G1) and run a decent third, against arguably the top two, middle-distance three-year-olds in the country: DRAIN THE CLOCK and JACKIE'S WARRIOR.
KEEPMEINMIND (4-1) has performed like a true hard-knocking horse. The son of the late LAOBAN finished well in both of his Triple Crown starts, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and seems to have his competitive edge back. Can he pull it together here? He'll certainly enjoy some class relief; coming off of back-to-back Grade 1s, while some of the top favorites here must rise to that level.
HOZIER (12-1) had moved out of the barn of Bob Baffert and into the care of Rodolphe Brisnet. How he'll run depends on how he's adapting to the new training regiment.
Here's the full field:
PROMISE KEEPER (7-2)
FALCONS FURY (30-1)
KING FURY (9-2)
ETHICAL JUDGEMENT (8-1)
HELLO HOT ROD (15-1)
THE REDS (6-1)
CHANNEL FURY (20-1)
Post Time is 4:20 PM ET.
Source: Equibase, Horse Racing Nation