Gone Astray won his second straight derby, pulling away Saturday as the heavy favorite in the 75th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Ohio Derby, the annual showcase event at Thistledown in North Randall, Ohio.War Fighter, with Huber Villa-Gomez aboard, set fractions of 23.78 seconds, 48.76, and 1:13.06, and had turned back all chasers except Gone Astray by the time he passed the quarter pole. He wound up 7 3/4 lengths before Ice Road, with Join in the Dance, the 5-2 second choice who was extremely rank through the early going, another 6 1/4 lengths back in fourth. Perfect Start, Fonda Ronda Won, and Petch completed the order.El Brujo &Brass Bay battle for the win in the Kentucky Day of Champions G.III was a brisk :22.00 :44.7 :56.63 1:09.04The day That Brass Bay Slapped war Fighter ,Sep.5,09 at Presque Isle Downs The finishing time was a Nice 1:09.3 making Brass Bay the winner and leaving War Fighter once again a second place finisher.
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