07/02/2012 4:56PM

Thistledown: Prospective heads compact Ohio Derby

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Michael Burns
Prospective, with Luis Contreras riding, wins the Victoria Park.

Prospective will make his first start since winning the June 10 Victoria Park Stakes when he leaves from post 1 in a field of just five 3-year-olds in the Grade 3, $100,000 Ohio Derby, to be run Saturday for the 78th time at Thistledown in suburban Cleveland.

Prospective, trained by Mark Casse for John Oxley, won the Tampa Bay Derby in March before finishing sixth in the Blue Grass Stakes and 18th in the Kentucky Derby. The son of Malibu Moon then rebounded to win the Victoria Park on June 10 at Woodbine as the 2-5 favorite.

Jermaine Bridgmohan has the call aboard Prospective for the 1 1/16-mile Ohio Derby, for which entries were drawn Monday. Prospective had his final tune-up Sunday morning at Woodbine, breezing a half-mile in 49.80 seconds over the main Polytrack surface.

The main challengers to Prospective are Politicallycorrect (post 2, Elvis Trujillo) and Z Rockstar (post 4, Channing Hill).

Politicallycorrect, trained by Wesley Ward for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, is a two-time winner who most recently ran third behind Teeth of the Dog in the Easy Goer Stakes on the June 9 Belmont Stakes undercard. Teeth of the Dog wheeled back to win the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes last weekend at Belmont.

Z Rockstar, an Oklahoma-bred trained by Donnie Von Hemel, also is a two-time winner and comes off a third-place finish in the June 2 Prairie Mile.

Rounding out the Ohio Derby cast are Defiant Flyer (post 3, Luis Gonzalez) and Swage (post 5, Perry Compton).

The Ohio Derby, the only graded race in the state, will anchor a nine-race Saturday card that also includes the $50,000 Cleveland Kindergarten for 2-year-olds. Scratch time is Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern.