Three familiar names from the 2022 Kentucky Derby lead another derby Saturday taking place several hours northeast of Churchill Downs.
Trained by Brad Cox, Tawny Port is one of three Kentucky Derby runners competing Saturday. White Abarrio (7-2) and Classic Causeway (6-1) also ran May 7 for the roses, while Ethereal Road (4-1) scratched the morning of May 6, opening up a spot for upset winner Rich Strike.
Tawny Port had the best Kentucky Derby finish of the Ohio Derby trio, crossing in seventh place. Three weeks prior to that race, he won Keeneland’s Lexington Stakes (G3), two weeks after finishing as runner-up in the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park.
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. will leave Belmont Park and ride Tawny Port on Saturday at Thistledown. He is the fourth different jockey to climb aboard the Pioneerof the Nile colt in his four most recent starts.
White Abarrio is a Grade 1 winner dating to his Florida Derby victory April 2 at Gulfstream Park for trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. He gets a dose of class relief Saturday after running wide in the Kentucky Derby and finishing 16th.
D. Wayne Lukas trains Ethereal Road, who was off the board in both the Blue Grass Stakes (G1) and Lexington in April at Keeneland. After scratching out of the Derby field, he won the Sir Barton Stakes on the Preakness Stakes undercard May 21 at Pimlico.
Classic Causeway exits back-to-back 11th-place in both the Kentucky Derby and the Florida Derby. The Tampa Bay Derby (G2) hero who was formerly trained by Brian Lynch will make his first start for Kenny McPeek’s barn.
Three Ohio Derby starters were not entered in the Kentucky Derby, with Barese (9-2) carrying the shortest morning-line odds of that trio. He came home third April 23 at Aqueduct in a stakes race for New York-bred sophomores.
Here is a look at the field for the 2022 Ohio Derby (trainer and jockey in parentheses) with morning-line odds:
1. Barese (Mike Maker, Kendrick Carmouche), 9-2
2. Brigadier General, SCR
3. Droppin G’s (Jerry Antonuik, Malcolm Franklin), 8-1
4. Ethereal Road (D. Wayne Lukas, Rafael Bejarano), 4-1
5. White Abarrio (Saffie Joseph Jr., Tyler Gaffalione), 7-2
6. Pineapple Man (Mike Maker, T.D. Houghton), 10-1
7. Tawny Port (Brad Cox, Irad Ortiz Jr.), 3-1
8. Classic Causeway (Kenny McPeek, Brian Hernandez Jr.), 6-1
TimeformUS’ pace projections show Classic Causeway going out to the early lead under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. Favorite Tawny Port is expected to do his running late.
Other Saturday stakes
Here is a look at other stakes races of note taking place Saturday across the U.S. All post times are EDT.
4:40 p.m. – $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes (G2), 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles, Belmont Park, FS2
Juju’s Map (1-1), Alcibiades Stakes (G1) heroine as a 2-year-old, returns to stakes flight for the first time since finishing second last November in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. Jockey Florent Geroux gets the call on the Liam’s Map filly, last-out allowance winner May 6 at Churchill Downs, for trainer Brad Cox. Todd Pletcher trains Shahama (9-5), a Group 3 winner overseas who was sixth on the same Churchill card in the Kentucky Oaks, which marked her North American debut. Venti Valentine (5-1) crossed last of 14 in the Oaks for trainer Jorge Abreu.
4:48 p.m. – $250,000 Lady Jacqueline Stakes, 3-and-up fillies and mares, 1 1/8 miles, Thistledown, TVG
Army Wife (3-1) makes the second start of her 4-year-old season after running third June 4 at Churchill in the Shawnee Stakes. Mike Maker trains and Tyler Gaffalione rides the Declaration of War filly, a Grade 2 winner. Kenny McPeek trains Crazy Beautiful (7-2), a two-time Grade 2 victor who was sixth April 22 at Keeneland in the Doubledogdare Stakes (G3). Maracuja (4-1), upset winner of last July’s Coaching Club American Oaks (G1), ran fourth April 23 at Oaklawn Park in the Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) for trainer Rob Atras.
4:55 p.m. – $200,000 Chicago Stakes (G3), 4-and-up fillies and mares, seven furlongs, Churchill Downs, FS2
Sconsin (2-1) aims for her sixth career win under the Twin Spires in this stakes that formerly took place at the now-shuttered Arlington Park. Jockey Mitchell Murrill will get a leg up from trainer Greg Foley on the 5-year-old Include mare, a Grade 2 victor who took Churchill’s Winning Colors Stakes (G3) on May 30. Cox trains Lady Rocket (5-2), who looks for a second career Grade 3 win off a third-place showing May 8 at Belmont Park in the Ruffian Stakes (G2). 2020 Derby City Distaff (G1) heroine Bell’s the One (7-2) was fourth May 7 at Churchill in the 2022 edition of that event.