07/13/2006 12:00AM

Ohio Derby preview


Sayhellotolarry looked like an up-and-coming three-year-old this spring at Oaklawn, but he was shelved after finishing up the track against Lawyer Ron in the Arkansas Derby. He made his return to the races last month in the Grade 3 Northern Dancer at Churchill Downs, and raced on the deeper inside paths for the entire 1 1/16 miles. The son of Victory Gallop figures to sit a nice ground-saving, pace-tracking trip in the Ohio Derby, and should be sharper with that last race under his belt. He offers win value at odds of 4-1 or better.

Deputy Glitters probably isn't as good as his 102 win in the Tampa Bay Derby, but he certainly isn't as bad as the 52 number he put up when next-to-last in the Belmont Stakes. He was part of a contentious pace in the Belmont, and that helped contribute to his fade. A plodding sort, Deputy Glitters gets some class relief after contesting three straight Grade 1 races, and he projects for a good outside stalking trip under Rene Douglas. Remember to downgrade him if the track is wet as he has been beaten a combined 46 1/4 lengths in his two off-track performances.

Flashy Bull is multiple Grade 2-placed this year, but is still eligible for a non-winners of two event. He showed improved speed against the promising Minister's Bid in his first start off a short rest on June 22, and is another that should do well in his second race of the form cycle. The recent turf work may wake him up somewhat.

High Cotton has won three of his last four races, and his Beyers have improved drastically in his last two races. He has good speed, and should get first crack at probable pacesetter Tri Uimet. He's the one to beat, but may not offer enough value for win bettors.

1. Sayhellotolarry
2. Deputy Glitters
3. Flashy Bull