Ohio Derby Odds, Contenders & Betting Predictions

One of Thistledown’s most prestigious races will take place this Saturday 24th June with this year’s running of the Ohio Derby. First run back in 1876, a field of eight will head down to post for this year’s contest. 

Breeders Cup Odds

Favorite for the race is the Larry Rivelli trained Two Phil’s who will be looking to get back into the winner’s circle following a narrow defeat in the 2023 Kentucky Derby.

Ohio Derby

Grade 3, 1 mile and an eighth, dirt, open to horses aged three. Total prize pool: $500,000

Two Phil’s will be having his first run since narrowly being denied in this year’s Kentucky Derby. Denied by just a head, he was desperately unlucky not to have landed one of America’s most prestigious races. With his sights slightly lowered, he will be looking to bounce back and land his second Grade 3 race of the year following his success in the 2023 Jeff Ruby Stakes.

Looking to give Two Phil’s something to think about is the Brad Cox trained Bishops Bay. This will be just his fourth run and he heads into the contest having won two of his three career starts. Defeated last time out in the 2023 Grade 3 Peter Pan Stakes, he only lost that race in a photo finish. Still unexposed, a repeat of that performance will certainly see him in the picture. 

Likely to round out the top three in the pre-race betting is the Saffie Joseph Jr trained Lord Miles. A winner of two of his five career starts, he heads into the Ohio Derby thriving, following a shock win in the 2023 Wood Memorial Stakes. A Grade 2 contest, he battled extremely hard to poke his head in front to grab the narrow win. Holding some of the best form in the race, he looks to be one of the strongest value angles of the contest.

Another horse bound to attract plenty of attention is the Doug O’Neill trained Henry Q. Having only his second run for O’Neill, he will be hoping to run better than when on debut when he could only finish third in the Peter Pan Stakes. He finished behind Bishops Bay in that race and will be hoping to reverse that form in this contest.

Hayes Strike for Kenny McPeek can’t be discounted, and he will be hoping to add the Ohio Derby to the Texas Derby crown he won just a few weeks ago. His victory in the 2023 Texas Derby was nothing short of remarkable. A mile back as the field hit the home turn, he produced a devastating turn of foot to somehow get up on the line and take home the spoils. Granted a cleaner passage here, he could be a huge player and should be worth serious consideration. 

Three horses are likely to start as double figure prices, Agnello’s Dream, Last Cookie and Timesatappin will all need to produce something special if they are to win a race of this nature. 

Ohio Derby Odds & Betting Predictions

A tricky race to call, its easy to see why Two Phil’s has been positioned as the favorite. His runner up effort in the Kentucky Derby was a great run and he already has a Grade 3 success in the bag. Lord Miles and Hayes Strike look capable of winning this contest but if Two Phil’s can repeat a similar level of performance as in the Kentucky Derby, he should be the one they will all need to beat.

HorseJockeyTrainerHorse Racing Odds by Jazzsports
Henry QKendrick CarmoucheDoug O’Neill+500
TimesatappinKevin GonzalezLori Loudin-Smith+3000
Bishops BayFlorent GerouxBrad Cox+300
Two Phil’sJareth LoveberryLarry Rivelli+160
Agnello’s DreamErik BarbaranJeffrey Skerrett+2000
Last CookieLeandro M BricenoJohanna Urieta+3000
Lord MilesEdgard ZayasSaffie Joseph Jr+350
Hayes StrikeCristian TorresKenny McPeek+600

Check the Two Phil’s dominating victory in the 2023 Ohio Derby here

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