The winner made his move at the top of the stretch to beat High Cotton.
By JOHN BUTERA
NORTH RANDALL -- After not performing up to par in the Kentucky Derby and Belmont, Deputy Glitters came through in fine fashion Saturday afternoon to win the 72nd running of the Ohio Derby at Thistledown Race Track.
With jockey Rene Douglas just waiting for the right time to exercise his horse's speed, Deputy Glitters began the charge at the top of the stretch, out-distancing High Cotton and Flashy Bull.
Early on, it appeared as though Tri Uimet would score a wire-to-wire victory, holding the lead until the top of the stretch before eventually finishing last among the six-horse field.
"I was really worried about someone catching me and coming up from behind," said Douglas, "but I knew I had a game horse and he was easy to ride. In the end, everything came through perfectly."
Eighth at Kentucky Derby
Deputy Glitters, who finished eighth in the Kentucky Derby and 11th in the Belmont, returned $10.20, $5.20 and $3.20, while High Cotton paid wagerers $3.00 and $2.40.
Flashy Bull, meanwhile, finished third and paid $3.20.
Trainer Thomas Albertrani, who at this point is unsure if Deputy Glitters will run in the upcoming West Virginia Derby, explained, "We'll see how we travel back to New York. Right now, we want to leave our options open. Coming into this race, he was training very well."
Deputy Glitters, en route to winning the $350,000 Grade II Derby, turned in the following times: 0:23 for the quarter, 0:47.3 for the half, 1:12 for three-quarters, 1:37.2 for the mile and 1:50.1 for the mile 1/8th.
Deputy Glitters went off at 4-1 in the race for three-year-olds, while High Cotton was the favorite at even money.
Whitney rides winner
In an earlier race, the $50,000 Scarlet Carnation was won by local jockey Dana Whitney, who also rode several mounts last evening at Mountaineer.
Whitney, aboard Beautiful Bets, the 7-5 favorite, took the lead at the top of the stretch to win the 43rd running of the Scarlet.
"I saw Calvin [Borel aboard the horse Starleena] set the pace. When I saw him looking over his shoulder, that's when I shot through. I knew Calvin would swing wide at the turn," he said.
At this point, Whitney did a fine job of holding his horse to the rail before noticing the opening at the top of the stretch.
"Once I got through," Whitney said, "then I knew I was the one who set the pace."
Whitney, of Calcutta, is a former winner of the Ohio Derby.
Beautiful Bets returned $4.80, $3.20 and 2.20.