07/12/2006 12:00AM

High Cotton draws outside post

High Cotton will carry 121 pounds when he faces five rivals in the 1 1/8-mile Ohio Derby.

NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - High Cotton will be shooting for his third straight stakes win when he heads a field of six in Saturday's 72nd running of the Grade 2, $350,000 Ohio Derby. Entries were taken for the 1 1/8-mile Derby on Wednesday morning at Thistledown.

High Cotton, trained by Todd Pletcher, drew the outside post. The others in the field, in post-position order, are Sayhellotolarry, Flashy Bull, Tri Uimet, Sacred Light, and Deputy Glitters.

High Cotton won the Grade 3 Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup at Churchill in his last start on June 17. Prior to that he posted a 5 1/2-length win in the Sir Barton at Pimlico. He is co-highweighted at 121 pounds and will be ridden by Chris DeCarlo, who guided him to victory in the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park in March.

Deputy Glitters will also carry 121. The winner of the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby on March 18, Deputy Glitters has been beaten by double digits in his last three starts - the Belmont Stakes, Preakness, and Wood Memorial - but is well placed to improve here. Thomas Albertrani trains and Rene Douglas will ride.

Sacred Light was unplaced in the Belmont Stakes in his most recent effort. Although he is winless this year, he finished a solid second to Brother Derek in the Grade 2 Santa Catalina Stakes in March and third to Bob and John in the Grade 3 Sham Stakes in February. Sacred Light is trained by David Hofmans and will be ridden by Aaron Gryder at 112 pounds.

Flashy Bull is coming off a third-place finish in a Belmont allowance behind the promising Minister's Bid, who has won both of his career starts. Earlier this year, Flashy Bull was third, placed second, in the Florida Derby. He concluded his 2-year-old campaign with a runner-up effort to Bluegrass Cat in the Remsen.

Flashy Bull's trainer, Kiaran McLaughlin, didn't name a rider at entry time. Flashy Bull will carry 112.

Sayhellotolarry outran his 25-1 odds to finish third behind High Cotton in the Northern Dancer Breeders' Cup in his most recent effort. Calvin Borel has a return mount at 112 for trainer Michael Tomlinson.

The local hopeful in the field is Tri Uimet, who won the nine-furlong Cleveland Gold Cup on July 1. He is trained by Jeff Radosevich, who leads the Thistledown standings, and will have this track's leading rider, Scott Spieth, aboard at 115.

There are three $50,000 stakes on the Ohio Derby undercard.