Named 3-1 Favorite
By Dick Downey
The Downey Profile
Storm the Court was named 2-year-old champion last year but has yet to win a race from three starts in 2020. He'll be shipped east from his California base to try out the Ohio Derby on Saturday at Thistledown and has been made a tepid 3-1 morning line favorite.
Fifteen have been entered in the 1 1/8-mile Ohio Derby. Only 14 can run. Kentucky Derby points will be awarded on a scale of 20-8-4-2.
With 32 points, Storm the Court is 15th on the Kentucky Derby points leaderboard. He may need more than that to make the race. Regular rider Flavien Prat travels from his Calfornia base to be in the irons. Trainer Peter Eurton has removed blinkers for this start.
Private Terms winner Lebda ships in from Maryland as the 7-2 second choice for trainer Claudio Gonzalez and will be ridden by Alex Cintron. The son of Raison d'Etat has two Kentucky Derby points. Celtic Striker and Informative are the only other entries with a presence on the Derby leaderboard -- they each have one point. Celtic Striker is listed at 15-1 for trainer Ray Handal, and Informative is 12-1 for Uriah St. Lewis.
Rowdy Yates is the third choice on the morning line at 9-2. He comes in after shipping to Saudi Arabia where he finished fourth in Feb. 29 Saudi Derby Cup for trainer Steve Asmussen. Tyler Baze will be up. Asmussen also trains Code Runner, who's been running at Lone Star. He's 6-1 and will be piloted by Ricardo Feliciano.
South Bend narrowly won the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs last September. After running sixth in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill and fourth in the Mucho Macho Man Stakes at Gulfstream Park, he was switched to turf, where he's had mixed results from five starts, by trainer Stanley Hough. The trainer considered entering South Bend in the Unbridled Stakes on dirt but didn't, making the Ohio Derby the first main track outing for South Bend since the Mucho Macho Man. Rafael Bejarano has the mount. South Bend is the 8-1 fifth choice and will shed blinkers for the race.
Other trainers of note with Ohio Derby entries include Tom Amoss (Dean Martini, 20-1), Bill Mott (Sprawl, 15-1) Todd Pletcher (Unrighteous, 20-1), Dale Romans (Bear Alley, 30-1 and Rogue Element, 30-1).
The Ohio Derby will be race 8, with a post time of 4:22 ET. All will carry 120 pounds, and all will run with Lasix.
The field, in post position order:
1 Dean Martini, TBN, T Amoss (Unlisted) 20-1
2 Rogue Element, J McKee, D Romans (Unlisted) 30-1
3 Rowdy Yates, T Baze, S Asmussen (Unlisted) 9-2
4 Lebda, A Cintron, C Gonzalez (Unlisted) 7-2
5 Dack Janiel's, J Burke, J Sisterson (Unlisted) 15-1
6 Sprawl, P Lopez, B Mott (Unlisted) 15-1
7 Informative J Bisono, U St Lewis (Unlisted) 12-1
8 Bear Alley, G Corrales, D Romans (Unlisted) 30-1
9 Code Runner, R Feliciano, S Asmussen (Unlisted) 6-1
10 South Bend, R Bejarano, S Hough (Worth Watching) 8-1
11 Soros, L Machado, G Delgado (Worth Watching) 15-1
12 Established, M Murrill, M Stidham (Unlisted) 30-1
13 Storm the Court, F Prat, P Eurton (Looking Good) 3-1
14 Unrighteous, D Parker, T Pletcher (Unlisted) 20-1
15 Celtic Striker, R Gutierrez, R Handal (Unlisted) 15-1