Champion Storm the Court (Court Vision) seeks his first victory of the season in Saturday’s GIII Ohio Derby. Clinching the Eclipse award with a narrow upset at 45-1 in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, the bay checked in fourth to recently retired GI Arkansas Derby winner Nadal (Blame) in the GII San Vicente S. Feb. 9. Third to recent GI Santa Anita Derby runner-up Authentic (Into Mischief) in the GII San Felipe S. Mar. 7, he was sixth in Nadal’s edition of the Arkansas Derby.
Steve Asmussen saddles a live one in Rowdy Yates (Morning Line), who is a three-time stakes winner at the listed level. Capturing the Riley Allison Derby at Sunland Jan. 26, the dark bay was fourth last time in the Saudi Derby Cup Feb. 29. The Hall of Famer also sends out Code Runner (Honor Code), who was eighth in Nadal’s Arkansas Derby and followed that effort with an allowance win at Lone Star June 8.
Lebda (Raison d’Etat) seeks his third straight score in this test. The dark bay took the Miracle Wood S. at Laurel Feb. 15 and roped in the Private Terms S. There Mar. 14.