06/07/2004 11:00PM

Nine headed to Ohio Derby


The field for Saturday's $350,000 Ohio Derby grew to at least nine on Tuesday when trainer Marcelo Polanco informed the Thistledown racing office that he will send Mambo Train, winner of the Turf Paradise Derby, in for the race from his Santa Anita base.

Others expected to be entered on Wednesday for the Grade 2 Ohio Derby include Limehouse, fourth in the Kentucky Derby; Pollard's Vision, winner of the Illinois Derby; California Derby winner Trieste's Honor; Sinister G, winner of the Lane's End at Turfway Park, Dashboard Drummer, runner-up in the Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico; Brass Hat, who won the Rushaway at Turfway Park; Texas Deputy, whom trainer Bernie Flint plans to cross-enter in the Northern Dancer at Churchill Downs; and locally based Jandemar.

Trainer Nick Zito is also expected to enter a horse in the Ohio Derby. Of seven horses Zito has nominated to the race, two raced last weekend: The first- and third-place finishers in the Belmont Stakes, Birdstone and Royal Assault.