Hawthorne Racecourse (4/7/13)
Contact: John Walsh, 708-222-3342
Savannah Short, 859-298-0003
Nominations closed for $750,000 Grade III Illinois Derby
Nominations for the 56th running of the Grade III $750,000 Guaranteed Illinois Derby closed late Saturday night with 69, pending late mail. A supplementary nomination of $15,000 may be made at any time prior to entry, Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
The Illinois Derby will take place on Saturday, April 20 and will be run at one mile and one eighth on the dirt track.
Todd Pletcher led all trainers with eight nominations, including Repole Stable's Overanalyze, winner of the Grade II Remsen and the Grade II Belmont Futurity last year and Capo Bastone, the third-place finisher in both the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Grade I Front Runner in 2012.
One interesting wrinkle for the Illinois Derby this year is that the entry and starting fees ($7,500) will be refunded for any horse that has finished first, second, or third in any Grade/Group I, II, or Grade III race and that is an official starter in the 2013 Illinois Derby.
GRADE 3 SIXTY SAILS HANDICAP
Don't forget! Nominations for the 35th running of the Grade III $200,000 Guaranteed Sixty Sails Handicap close Wednesday, April 10. This race, for fillies and mares, three years old and up, will be contested at a mile and one eighth on the dirt track. It will take place Saturday, April 20, on Illinois Derby day.
Contact Stakes Coordinator Debbie Lindsay at 708-780-3690 for more information and to nominate.
ABOUT HAWTHORNE RACE COURSE
Hawthorne Race Course has been Chicago's "hometown track" for 122 years and currently offers the only traditional dirt racing for Thoroughbreds in northern Illinois. Hawthorne's spring meet opens February 15 and runs through April. Live racing is hosted Friday through Sunday in February and Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in March and April. Daily post time is 1:35 pm, and admission costs $4. The historic track is located a half-mile north of I-55 on Cicero Avenue, and 2 miles south of I-290 on Laramie Avenue at 35th Street. For more information visit www.hawthorneracecourse.com or call Guest Services at 708-780-3733. Fans are welcome at Facebook.com/ClubHawthorne and for up-to-the-minute racing tips become a follower at Twitter.com/ClubHawthorne.