High North won the Iowa Derby by a by a half-length over Mr Freeze.
High North was on the inside following the leaders till the turn for home. He remained on the rail down the stretch. High North and Mr Freeze were able to pass the leaders near the eight pole. High North and Mr Freeze dueled for the lead down the stretch. High North was able to hold off Mr Freeze to capture the Ohio Derby. High North was the favorite in The Ohio Derby.
The Tabulator and Battle At Sea were the pace setters. The fractions were :23.30, :47.18, and 1:11.73. The running time of Ohio Derby was 1:44.35. Lionite ran third followed by Believe in Royalty and Cool Bobby in a dead heat for fourth, followed by Fort Peck, The Tabulator finished seventh and Battle At Sea finished eight.
The Iowa Derby was the second stakes win in 2018 for High North. He won the Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn Park on April 14th. He finished fourth in the Peter Pan Stakes (Grade III) at Belmont Park on May 12th. He finished seventh in Rebel Stakes (Grade II) at Oaklawn Park on March 17th.
High North’s 2018 record from five starts is a 2-0-0 with earnings of $268,500.