Midway Road, a distant second to Funny Cide in the Preakness, and Wild And Wicked, a half-brother to The Wicked North, head the field for the $300,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown.
A Grade II at 1 1/8 miles, the Ohio Derby is part of the National Thoroughbred Racing Assn.'s summer pick three. The other two races in the sequence are the $300,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park and the $250,000 Dallas Turf Cup Handicap at Lone Star Park.
Midway Road, a son of Jade Hunter who is owned and bred by Will Farish and trained by Neil Howard, made his first start in a Grade I in the Preakness on May 17. Although Funny Cide beat him by nearly 10 lengths, he did manage to finish ahead of eight others, including second choice Peace Rules. Robby Albarado will ride Midway Road, who has won three of eight.
The Ohio Derby will be the first stakes appearance for Wild And Wicked, who has won his first two starts by a combined 12 1/4 lengths. Shane Sellers will ride the Wild Again colt for owner-breeders Mr. and Mrs. Robert Randal.