An overflow field of 15 was entered at Thistledown for Saturday’s lucrative $500,000 Ohio Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com (G3). The “2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby” event will offer points on a 20-8-4-2 basis to the top four finishers.
Here is the field for the 1 1/8-mile affair:

DEAN MARTINI
5 starts
1 Win
4 Place
3 Show

Total Career Earnings: $91,380
Top Speed rating: (95) in maiden victory at Churchill Downs
Owner: Raise the Bar Racing, LLC
Breeder: Brereton Jones and Bret Jones
Trainer: Tom Amoss
Jockey: Ricardo Mejias
Sire: Cairo Prince
Dam: Soundwave
Color: Dark bay

Amoss claim finished a solid second in a recent allowance outing at Churchill Downs, and he makes his stakes debut in this spot. Cairo Prince gelding draws a great post along the rail in the bulky field and has useful early foot to secure a nice position early on. Ricardo Mejias will be in the silks.

ROGUE ELEMENT
5 Starts
0 Wins
1 Place
0 Show
Total Career Earnings: $17,361
Top Speed rating (87) in maiden second at Gulfstream Park
Owner: Calumet Farm
Breeder: G Watts Humphrey and W S Farish
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: John McKee
Sire: Honor Code
Dam: Sweet Success
Color: Dark bay

Kentucky-bred maiden is on the also-eligible list for his stakes bow. Dale Romans charge has run one good race from five lifetime performances, and he would need a lifetime-best to make any noise in the Ohio Derby. He should draw into the field with the scratch of Celtic Striker.

ROWDY YATES
9 Starts
5 Wins
1 Place
0 Show
Total Career Earnings: $313,418
Top Speed rating (97) in 2019 Ellis Park Juvenile S. score
Owner: L and N Racing
Breeder: Tracy Rene Strachan
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Tyler Baze
Sire: Morning Line
Dam: Spring Station
Color: Dark bay

Rowdy Yates
Rowdy Yates wins at Sunland Park (Coady Photography)

Four-time stakes hero from the Asmussen barn makes his first outing following a fourth-place result in the Saudi Derby. Oklahoma-bred son of Morning Line has trained in great fashion leading up to the race, and the colt will be tough to ignore if he proves capable at 9 furlongs.

LEBDA
8 Starts
4 Wins
1 Place
2 Show
Total Career Earnings: $214,525
Top Speed rating (93) in 2019 allowance triumph at Delaware Park
Owner: Euro Stable
Breeder: Calumet Farm
Trainer: Claudio Gonzalez
Jockey: Alex Cintron
Sire: Raison d’Etat
Dam: Lender’s Way
Color: Dark bay

Dark bay colt has been sharp from a pair of 2020 outings, capturing both the Miracle Wood S. and Private Terms S. Kentucky-bred son of Raison d’Etat has never been better, and he might be sitting on a big race with three consecutive morning drills as of late. Alex Cintron retains the mount.

DACK JANIEL’S
8 Starts
2 Wins
0 Place
2 Show
Total Career Earnings: $59,120
Top Speed rating (92) in starter allowance tally at Oaklawn Park
Owner: Calumet Farm
Breeder: Calumet Farm
Trainer: Jack Sisterson
Jockey: Julie Burke
Sire: Tonalist
Dam: Tennessee Whiskey
Color: Bay

Calumet homebred brings pace to the field as an interesting contender at a price. Jack Sisterson pupil exits a third-place result on the Churchill Downs sod most recently, and he could get brave if he clears this bunch in the early stages. Julie Burke will be in the irons.

SPRAWL
8 Starts
2 Wins
0 Place
2 Show
Total Career Earnings: $113,654
Top Speed rating (94) in allowance win at Churchill Downs

Owner: Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider
Breeder: Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider
Trainer: Bill Mott
Jockey: Paco Lopez
Sire: City Zip
Dam: Amen Again
Color: Chestnut


Sprawl wins at Churchill Downs (Coady Photography)

Bill Mott trainee has improved his Brisnet Speed number in three straight races since adding blinkers. The son of City Zip looked the part in a fine allowance tally at Churchill Downs most recently, and he rates a chance if he moves forward on Saturday. Paco Lopez has the assignment.

INFORMATIVE
11 Starts
1 Win
2 Place
0 Show
Total Career Earnings: $91,860
Top Speed rating (97) when second in Lewis S. at Laurel Park

Owner: Trin-Brook Stables
Breeder: Rose Hill Farm and John Trumbulovic
Trainer: Uriah St. Lewis
Jockey: John Bisono
Sire: Bodemeister
Dam: Lucky Black
Color: Dark Bay

Outsider was game in breaking his maiden at Aqueduct in his seasonal debut, but he has failed to come close to hitting the board in a trio of races since. Bodemeister colt would be a big surprise under the guidance of John Bisono.

BEAR ALLEY
5 Starts
0 Wins
3 Place
0 Show
Total Career Earnings: $35,060
Top Speed rating (90) in a maiden race at Churchill Downs last time out
Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds and Albaugh Family Stables
Breeder: John Penn and Frank Penn
Trainer: Dale Romans
Jockey: Gerardo Corrales
Sire: Will Take Charge
Dam: Unbridled Empire
Color: Bay

Longshot contender from the barn of Dale Romans has shown big improvement in his last trio of showings in preparation for his stakes debut. Maiden has been runner-up in his last three, and he also brings a lot of early foot to the race. $525,000 son of Will Take Charge could be in the hunt late at a square price.

CODE RUNNER
10 Starts
3 Wins
1 Place
2 Show
Total Career Earnings: $86,917
Top Speed rating (86) in recent allowance victory at Lone Star Park
Owner: Calumet Farm
Breeder: Edward Bradley et al
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Ricardo Feliciano
Sire: Honor Code
Dam: Nereid
Color: Bay


Code Runner Gallop at Oaklawn Park (Coady Photography)

Steve Asmussen charge has won two of his last three leading up to his second graded stakes attempt. Kentucky-bred son of Honor Code was trounced in both of his stakes assignments to date, but he could challenge for a placing in this field with a career best from off the pace.

SOUTH BEND
10 Starts
3 Wins
1 Place
2 Show
Total Career Earnings: $225,114
Top Speed rating (94) when winning Street Sense S. at Churchill Downs
Owner: Sagamore Farm
Breeder: Highclere, Inc.
Trainer: Stanley Hough
Jockey: Rafael Bejarano
Sire: Algorithms
Dam: Sandra’s Rose
Color: Bay

Consistently solid colt goes from turf-to-dirt, and also removes the blinkers for this performance. Bay colt has some class to him with eight straight stakes tries under his belt, and he might possess the best turn of foot in the field on his best day. Kentucky-bred is training well and will have the services of Rafael Bejarano.

SOROS
4 Starts
1 Win
1 Place
0 Show
Total Career Earnings: $52,965
Top Speed rating (88) when taking the Smooth Air S. at Gulfstream Park
Owner: Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners et al
Breeder: Shain Crain
Trainer: Gustavo Delgado
Jockey: Luan Machado
Sire: Commissioner
Dam: Eastern Ruckus
Color: Chestnut

This son of Commissioner has failed to progress following a sharp tally in the Smooth Air S. in November, being outrun in a pair of 2020 races since. Chestnut has faced off with some nice runners, and he also has room for improvement when making his third run off the break. Luan Machado has the call atop the win contender.

ESTABLISHED
2 Starts
0 Wins
2 Place
0 Show
Total Career Earnings: $24,800
Top Speed rating (100) when second in maiden race at Churchill Downs
Owner: Twin Creeks Racing Stables and Mt. Brilliant Farm
Breeder: Mt. Brilliant Farm & Ranch, LLC
Trainer: Michael Stidham
Jockey: Mitchell Murrill
Sire: Constitution
Dam: Ithinkisawapudycat
Color: Bay

$400,000 yearling purchase has been runner-up in both lifetime races and will aim to break his maiden in the graded ranks. Michael Stidham trainee is bred to be a nice one, and he gives the impression of a colt who will thrive with the added distance as well. The bay colt showed early pace going one mile most recently, and he figures to be forwardly placed once again under Mitchell Murrill.

STORM THE COURT
7 Starts
2 Wins
0 Place
2 Show
Total Career Earnings: $1,235,451
Top Speed rating (102) in 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) victory
Owner: David A Bernsen and Exline-Border Racing
Breeder: Stepping Stone Farm
Trainer: Peter Eurton
Jockey: Flavien Prat
Sire: Court Vision
Dam: Tejana Storm
Color: Bay


Storm The Court Gallop at Oaklawn Park (Coady Photography)

Champion son of Court Vision is winless from a trio of tries this campaign and will remove the blinkers for this run. The Peter Eurton pupil has squared off with graded foes in six straight assignments, and he will likely appreciate the measure of class relief on Saturday in his local debut. Top contender also drilled a bullet 6 panels leading up to this test. Regular pilot Flavien Prat will be on board.

UNRIGHTEOUS
5 Starts
1 Win
1 Place
0 Show
Total Career Earnings: $36,120
Top Speed rating (102) in maiden runner-up at Gulfstream Park
Owner: Calumet Farm
Breeder: Calumet Farm
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Deshawn Parker
Sire: Violence
Dam: Tapit Ten
Color: Dark Bay

Todd Pletcher trainee graduated well with an open-length score in an off-the-turf engagement at Gulfstream Park. The Calumet homebred has trained in swift fashion in the interim, but he will still need a big move forward to be a contender inside the final furlong on Saturday. Deshawn Parker will be in the stirrups.

CELTIC STRIKER
6 Starts
2 Wins
1 Place
0 Show
Total Career Earnings: $77,600
Top Speed rating (95) when winning the Easy Goer
Owner: Imperial Racing
Breeder: Stoneview Farm and Craig Upham
Trainer: Ray Handal
Jockey: Reylu Gutierrez
Sire: Congrats
Dam: Shylock’s Daughter
Color: Bay

This son of Congrats, who drew the widest post in the field, will scratch after romping in Thursday's Easy Goer at Belmont in a two-horse race.