Wins Second Off the Claim
By Dick Downey
The Downey Profile
Dean Martini rolled up the inside to the lead hitting the far turn and controlled in the stretch to win the $500,000 Ohio Derby.
Ridden by Ricardo Mejias, Dean Martini was never far back. He, Lebda and Rowdy Yates vied for the lead during the first quarter-mile timed in 22.80, and after a half-mile in 47.22 he was fifth but only two lengths off the pacesetting Lebda, with Rowdy Yates, Establlshed and Storm the Court closest to the leader. In charge after six furlongs in 1:11.88, the winner put away Lebda in the stretch with Rowdy Yates and Storm the Court still chasing.
Dean Martini led Rowdy Yates by three lengths and Storm the Court by four with an eighth of a mile left in the race. South Bend and Rafael Bejarano made a big run from there to finish second, beaten only 3/4 of a length by Dean Martini and two lengths ahead of Storm the Court. It was three more lengths back to Rowdy Yates, who nosed out post-time 3-1 second choice Sprawl for fourth.
Lebda was another five lengths back in sixth, followed by Rogue Element, Unrighteous, Informative, Bear Alley, Code Runner, a badly-fading Established and Dack Janiel's.
There were 20-8-4-2 Kentucky Derby points on the line in the Ohio Derby. Dean Martini wasn't nominated to the Triple Crown, so he will not receive those Derby points unless he's supplemented to the race.
The winner was timed in a slowish 1:51.60 for 1 1/8 mile.
Trained by Tom Amoss, Dean Martini was claimed from David A. Bernsen LLC, Brad Cox trainer, for $50,000 two races back. That race turned out to be his maiden-breaker. The gelding's lifetime record is now two wins, four seconds and three thirds from 10 starts. The Ohio Derby was his stakes debut.
With some late money going on him, Dean Martini left the gate at 14-1 odds and paid $31.20 to win, $11.60 to place and $6.80 to show. South Bend, the 9-2 third betting choice, returned $6.00 and $3.60 to place and show. Storm the Court was worth $3.00 show money. Dean Martini banked $300,000 for the win, running his earnings to $391,380.
Dean Martini was bred in Kentucky by Brereton and Bret Jones and is owned by Raise the Bar Racing LLC. The son of Cairo Prince out of Soundwave, by Friends Lake, was purchased for $220,000 at the Keeneland September 2018 Yearling Sale.