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HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE

Hawthorne Racecourse (2/8/06)

Contact: Jim Miller
(708) 780-3700

Illinois Derby Attracts 89 Early Nominees

STICKNEY, IL – Early nominations for the 49th edition of the Grade 2 Illinois Derby closed Wednesday, February 1, with 89 prospective entrants. This storied race, to be contested on Saturday, April 8, carries a purse of $500,000 Guaranteed, along with the Grade 2 rating and will be run at the one mile and one eighth distance.

Though always an important race locally, the Illinois Derby streaked to national prominence after 2002 winner War Emblem went on to capture the first two legs of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, in front-running fashion prior to stumbling leaving the gate in the Belmont and finishing eighth.

Ten Most Wanted, the Illinois Derby winner in 2003, later finished second in the Grade 1 Belmont, the third leg of the Triple Crown, and won the Grade 1 Travers at Saratoga later that summer.

A few of the more intriguing entrants to watch might include Achilles of Troy, owned by Paraneck Stable and trained by Jennifer Pedersen. This May foal started to blossom late in 2005, breaking his maiden by four lengths and coming back a week later to win the Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct by 14 lengths.

Peter Redekop B. C. Ltd.’s Cause To Believe, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, is probably the most-accomplished member of this field so far. He has managed to win five of his eight starts and comes off a strong score in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows in late January.

Local hero Celluloid Hero, owned by Homewrecker Stable LLC and trained by Hugh Robertson currently has a three-race win streak going, including a late-running score in the Dixieland at Oaklawn.

Frank Calabrese’s Lewis Michael has been racing primarily on the turf and in fact won a Churchill turf stakes race two starts back, but this Wayne Catalano charge did look strong in his career debut, on the dirt, at Arlington.

R Loyal Man, owned by Alfred Kowalewski and trained by Timothy Ritvo, is another who won his last three races and comes off two daylight scores in a pair of Tampa Bay stakes races.

However, Joseph J. Balsamo’s Sweetnorthernsaint, trained by Michael J. Trombetta, might be a bit of a freak and could develop into a fan favorite. After a dismal finish on the turf in his career debut, they dropped him into a maiden claimer at Laurel and he responded with a 16-length romp, from which he was disqualified. However he came right back with a seven-length score in a maiden special race then crushed the field in a Laurel stakes race, winning by 10, and generating an Equibase Speed Figure of 128.

Please find the complete list of early nominations listed below. For past performances, go to Hawthorne’s website (www.hawthorneracecourse.com), click the “horsemen” tab near the top of the page, click the “stakes schedule” tab on the left of the page that opens, then click the “Past Performances” tab on the right to download a .pdf file.

Late closing for this race is March 25.

ACHILLES OF TROY gr/ro.c.3 Paraneck Stable (Jennifer & Kristen Paragallo) Jennifer Pedersen
ANCHOR STEAM dk b/.g.3 John W. Ellick Ralph E. Nicks
BRILLIANT dk b/.c.3 Mill House (James Brady) Neil J. Howard
CAUSE TO BELIEVE gr/ro.c.3 Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd. Jerry Hollendorfer
CELLULOID HERO dk b/.c.3 Homewrecker Stable LLC (Ron & Ricki Rashinski) & Hugh H. Robertson Hugh H. Robertson
CHARLEY TANGO ch.c.3 Stonerside Stable LLC (Robert & Janice McNair) Michael Stidham
CROSSWORD b.c.3 Mrs. William S. Farish Neil J. Howard
DAY DEE ch.c.3 Steve J. Ravitz Joseph F. Orseno
DERBY dk b/.c.3 D. J. Stable LLC and Neuwirth, Frank Joseph F. Orseno
DIABOLICAL ch.c.3 Puglisi Stables and Klesaris, Steve Steve Klesaris
DIRTY DEVIL dk b/.c.3 Puglisi Stables and Klesaris, Steve Steve Klesaris
DIXIE BANKER dk b/.g.3 Diamond A Racing Corporation Richard E. Mandella
DOC CHENEY ch.c.3 My Meadowview Farm Nicholas P. Zito
DUBAI GOLD ch.c.3 Kenneth L. & Sarah K. Ramsey Robert J. Frankel
EYE FOR STYLE ch.c.3 Dogwood Stable (W. Cothran Campbell) George Weaver
FABLED dk b/.c.3 Tracy Farmer Nicholas P. Zito
FIDRYCH dk b/.c.3 WinStar Farm, LLC (Bill Casner, et al.) John C. Servis
FIRE ONE UP dk b/.c.3 Andrews, Paul J. and Scouler, Daniel Thomas M. Bush
FISHER OF MEN b.c.3 John P. Pucek & Robert B. Trussell Nicholas P. Zito
FIVE STAR SPECIAL ch.c.3 Puglisi Stables and Klesaris, Steve Steve Klesaris
FLANDERS FIELDS b.c.3 Overbrook Farm (W. T. Young, Jr.) Dallas Stewart
FLASHY BULL gr/ro.c.3 West Point Stable Kiaran P. McLaughlin
FOREST HERO ch.c.3 Louie J. Roussel, III Lara Van Deren
FORLI'S DYNAMITE .c.3 Isaac Zoldan Marco P. Salazar
GIANT HIT ch.c.3 Louie Roussel, III & Ronald Lamarque Lara Van Deren
GO BUCKY GO b.c.3 Bakster Farm Gregory D. Foley
GREAT POINT ch.c.3 Robert V. LaPenta Nicholas P. Zito
HARRIGAN b.c.3 Dogwood Stable (W. Cothran Campbell) George Weaver
HEMINGWAY'S KEY ch.c.3 Kinsman Stable Nicholas P. Zito
HESANOLDSALT dk b/.c.3 Live Oak Plantation (Charlotte Weber) Nicholas P. Zito
I BELIEVE IN ME dk b/.c.3 Jay Em Ess Stable Paul J. McGee
ICE N LEMON dk b/.c.3 Lucky Shamrock Stable Nicholas P. Zito
IDENTIQUE b.c.3 Wertheimer and Frere Richard E. Mandella
JAZIL b.c.3 Shadwell Stable Kiaran P. McLaughlin
JOLTED AND JOSTLED dk b/.c.3 WinStar Farm, LLC (Bill Casner, et al.) John C. Servis
KID LEMONADE b.c.3 Roll Z Dice Racing Stable Timothy F. Ritchey
LATENT HEAT b.c.3 Juddmonte Farms, Inc. Robert J. Frankel
LEMON LAW b.c.3 Gary and Mary West Stables, Inc. Robert J. Frankel
LEWIS MICHAEL b.c.3 Frank C. Calabrese Wayne M. Catalano
LITTLE CLIFF dk b/.c.3 Robert V. LaPenta Nicholas P. Zito
MARK OF SUCCESS dk b/.g.3 William A. Carl Dallas Stewart
MATTINGLY b.c.3 D. J. Stable LLC Joseph F. Orseno
MENACING b.c.3 Robert S. Evans Timothy F. Ritchey
METEOROLOGIST b.c.3 Puglisi Stables and Klesaris, Steve Steve Klesaris
MINER'S LAMP dk b/.c.3 Overbrook Farm (W. T. Young, Jr.) Dallas Stewart
MIRACLE HILL b.c.3 Gary and Mary West Stables, Inc. Robert J. Frankel
MR. PINSTRIPE dk b/.c.3 Joanne & Alex Lieblong Steve Hobby
MUSIC SCHOOL dk b/.c.3 William S. Farish, James A. Elkins & W. Temple Webber, Jr. Neil J. Howard
NASCAR GUY b.c.3 Gary and Mary West Stables, Inc. Robert J. Frankel
NO FAULT b.c.3 Jay Em Ess Stable Paul J. McGee
OBJECTIVE dk b/.c.3 James McIngvale Tom C. Roberts
OFF DUTY b.c.3 John P. Pucek Walter M. Bindner, Jr.
ON BOARD AGAIN b.c.3 Stronach Stables (Elfriede, Belinda & Andrew Stronach) Robert J. Frankel
ONE UNION dk b/.c.3 Herman Sarkowsky Richard E. Mandella
PARK AVENUE PRINCE b.c.3 Puglisi Stables and Klesaris, Steve Steve Klesaris
PASSIVE INCOME ch.c.3 Hollendorfer, Jerry and Todaro, George Jerry Hollendorfer
PATRIOT GAME ch.c.3 Tracy Farmer Nicholas P. Zito
PEACE CHANT dk b/.c.3 Stonestreet Stables LLC (Jess Jackson) Richard E. Mandella
PRESIDENTIAL CAUSE b.c.3 Malibu Farm LLC Richard E. Mandella
PUTMEINYOURWILL dk b/.c.3 B. Wayne Hughes Richard E. Mandella
R LOYAL MAN ch.c.3 Alfred Kowalewski Timothy Ritvo
RACKETEER b.c.3 Stronach Stables (Elfriede, Belinda & Andrew Stronach) Robert J. Frankel
RAYDIATION dk b/.c.3 Andrew Rosen Patrick B. Byrne
REAFFIRMED b.c.3 Rich Meadow Farm Joseph F. Orseno
REFINERY b.c.3 B. Wayne Hughes Richard E. Mandella
REMEMBERING STAR gr/ro.c.3 G Racing and Smith, Burton Mike R. Mitchell
RIPROARIOUS ch.c.3 Dogwood Stable (W. Cothran Campbell) H. Graham Motion
ROAMIN MURPHY b.c.3 Roll Z Dice Racing Stable Timothy F. Ritchey
ROOT BEER CITY ch.c.3 B. Wayne Hughes Richard E. Mandella
RUN FOREST RUN b.c.3 G Racing and Smith, Burton Mike R. Mitchell
SAINT AUGUSTUS ch.c.3 Dogwood Stable (W. Cothran Campbell) Todd A. Pletcher
SANTA'S SPECIAL ch.c.3 Paraneck Stable (Jennifer & Kristen Paragallo) Jennifer Pedersen
SCANLON'S SONG dk b/.g.3 Paraneck Stable (Jennifer & Kristen Paragallo) Jennifer Pedersen
SHARP HUMOR b.c.3 Purdedel Stable Dale L. Romans
SKELLY TOWN ch.r.3 Diamond A Racing Corporation Richard E. Mandella
SORCERER'S STONE dk b/.c.3 Shepard, Robert H. and Castille, Carrol J. Patrick B. Byrne
SPECALIST MORGEN J ch.c.3 Tommy Hutton's Dream Stable LLC Mike R. Mitchell
STANLEY'S GAME b.c.3 Doris Ravitz Joseph F. Orseno
STEPPENWOLFER gr/ro.c.3 Robert & Lawana Low Daniel C. Peitz
SUPERFLY dk b/.c.3 Robert V. LaPenta Nicholas P. Zito
SWEETNORTHERNSAINT dk b/.g.3 Joseph J. Balsamo Michael J. Trombetta
TEMPORARY SAINT gr/ro.c.3 Limestone Stables Paul J. McGee
TIZNOW OR NEVER b.c.3 David E. Garner Ralph E. Nicks
TUG O' WAR dk b/.c.3 Michael House Mike R. Mitchell
UNCLE FESTOR b.c.3 Paraneck Stable (Jennifer & Kristen Paragallo) Jennifer Pedersen
WAR GOD dk b/.g.3 Sonata Stable Joseph C. Catanese, III
WELL SAID dk b/.c.3 Hargus S. Sexton Walter M. Bindner, Jr.
WILENTZ dk b/.c.3 D. J. Stable LLC and Ravitz, Steve Joseph F. Orseno
ZODIAC ZACK b.c.3 Roll Z Dice Racing Stable Timothy F. Ritchey

Also an Illinois Derby day, National Jockey Club at Hawthorne will feature the $100,000 Added Meafara Breeders’ Cup Stakes, for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs and the $100,000 Added Lost Code Breeders’ Cup, also at six-furlongs, for 3-year-olds.

 

 

 

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