09/03/2001 12:00AM

Thistledown: Western Pride wins

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NORTH RANDALL, Ohio - Western Pride ($2.80), who in his last start won the $500,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park, set all of the pace under Dana Whitney to take the $25,000 Ohio Derby Prep at Thistledown by 6 1/4 lengths over four 3-year-old rivals.

Owned by Theresa McArthur and trained by Richard Estvanko, Western Pride will make his next start in the Grade 2 $300,000 Ohio Derby on Sept. 29.