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Hawthorne Racecourse (3/27/06)

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Twenty 3-Year-Olds Added to Illinois Derby Nominations List

Late nominations for the Grade II $500,000 Illinois Derby, to be run at Hawthorne Race Course on Saturday, April 8, closed Saturday, March 25. Twenty additional 3-year-olds were added to the nominations list, bringing the overall total of eligible horses to 108 (pending late mail). LLC’s With a City, the 48-1 upset winner of the Grade II Lane’s End at Turfway Park on March 25, and Centaur Farm Inc.’s My Golden Song, a close-up fourth in the Grade II Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park in his most recent run, headline the additions. The latter is trained by Todd Pletcher, a conditioner who has won two of the last five Illinois Derbies (2001 with Distilled and 2004 with Pollard’s Vision). Pletcher’s Monarch Lane finished second behind Greeley’s Galaxy in 2005.

Other intriguing horses whose connections put up the $500 late nomination fee for the Illinois Derby include (with trainer): Burr J. Travis’ Itsallaboutthechase (Gary Sims), runner-up in Gulfstream’s Aventura stakes and a competitor in both the Grade III Holy Bull (5th) and Fountain of Youth (9th); J. Paul Reddam’s Jealous Profit (Doug O’Neill), a recent maiden winner on turf at Santa Anita who finished third as a 2-year-old in both the Grade II Del Mar Futurity and Grade II Norfolk during the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita; Mark H. Stanley’s Malameeze, most recently third in the Lane’s End; Grade III Rebel (Oaklawn Park) runner-up Red Raymond (Robert Holthus); and Showing Up (Barclay Tagg), who is undefeated in two career starts, both at Gulfstream this winter.

Owner B. Wayne Hughes and trainer Glen Stute, the connections who put up $10,000 to supplement eventual winner Greeley’s Galaxy to the 2005 Illinois Derby, submitted a late nomination for Mister Triester, most recently fourth behind divisional leader Brother Derek in the Grade II Santa Catalina at Santa Anita.

Horses who are not yet nominated to the Illinois Derby can be supplemented at the time of entry (Tuesday, April 4) for a $10,000 fee.

Please find a complete list of Illinois Derby nominations, and past performances courtesy of Equibase, attached.


Hawthorne’s spring 2006 Thoroughbred meet runs February 24 through May 4 with live racing five days per week, Friday through Tuesday. Post time is 1:10 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday and 3 p.m. on Friday. Hawthorne is dark Wednesdays and Thursdays and Easter Sunday April 16, but full card simulcasting from racetracks across the country is offered every day.

The Grade II $500,000 Illinois Derby, a prestigious prep for the world famous Kentucky Derby, will be run at Hawthorne on Saturday, April 8.

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Illinois Derby nominations Illinois Derby past performances




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