The newest addition to Mile day is the $150,000 Ontario Derby (G3) for three-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on the Polytrack. Stealcase, seventh in the Travers (G1) at Saratoga, was sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the field of 7 over 5-2 River Rush, winner of the Plate Trial in June, and 7-2 Any Given Royal, winner of two straight allowance races and making his stakes debut.
Jockey John Velazquez sent 9-2 fourth choice Gung Ho to a clear lead first time by and he set fractions of 22.74, 49.96, and 1:14.04 while as many as 1 1/2 lengths in front of 11-2 Colleen's Sailor and 25-1 Ultimate Destiny. On the far turn, Any Given Royal moved up to take the lead through 1 mile in 1:38.32, but Stealcase, 6th early, closed with a rush to win going away by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:50.56. It was another 3/4 length back to River Rush third.