Tawny Port beats White Abarrio to the finish line in the Ohio Derby
Peachtree Stable’s Tawny Port made his first start since finishing seventh in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and won Saturday’s $500,000 Ohio Derby (G3) at JACK Thistledown, her first starts since finishing unplaced at the Louisville Classic on May 7th.
Tawny Port, ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. in the Ohio Derby, won by a length after finishing fifth of seven runners through Pineapple Man’s opening quarter mile in :22.82 as that rival battled Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (G2) winner Classic Causeway dueled for command and Curlin Florida Derby (G1) winner White Abarrio rode in third place.
As Pineapple Man threw in the towel, Classic Causeway brought his head forward for a half-mile in:47.08. He extended a 1½ length lead over six stages in 1:11.08 as White Abarrio prepared to rally to the outside.
Tawny Port, also ready to run, advanced steadily through the back corner and went wide to secure a narrow early lead over Classic Causeway, who was running out of breath. He readily answered when Ortiz asked him, easily beating White Abarrio. Classic Causeway was another 1¼ lengths behind.
Tawny Port completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.46 for his third win of the year and fourth overall of seven career starts for coach Brad Cox. He returned $4.60.
Before the Kentucky Derby, Tawny Port won the Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) at Keeneland on April 16 and finished runner-up at the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park on April 2 after a fifth-place finish in February’s Risen Star (G2). at Fair Grounds on his stakes debut. After winning his only start at age 2, he opened 2022 with a penalty win on the turfway on January 7th.
Tawny Port, by Pioneerof the Nile, was bred by WinStar Farm out of Macho Uno mare Livi Makenzie.
A $430,000 purchase of Peachtrees John Fort from Machmer Hall Sales at the September 2020 Keeneland yearling sale, his lifetime earnings rose to $727,000 with the $300,000 winner’s share coming from the Ohio Derby purse.
Tawny Port’s win in the Ohio Derby on Saturday marked the second graded stakes result for runners coached by Cox. Ten Strike Racing’s Frank Fletcher Racing Operations Inc. and Lady Rocket captured the Chicago Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs.