ILLINOIS DERBY NOTES
|Hawthorne Racecourse stakes nominations (2/9/04)
Contact: Jim Miller
Illinois Derby Draws 105 Nominations
STICKNEY, IL -- A race that has become a top prep for the Kentucky Derby has once again drawn a strong group of nominees as the Grade 2, $500,000 Illinois Derby has brought out 105 nominations.
In 2002, War Emblem captured the Illinois Derby in front running style and then went on to victories in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Last year, Ten Most Wanted arrived on the national scene with his Illinois Derby victory as he went off as one of the favorites in the Kentucky Derby. He would go on to finish second in the Belmont Stakes and then win the Travers and the Super Derby.
2004 should be no different as top trainers such as Bobby Frankel, Nick Zito, and Todd Pletcher are all lining up with their nominees. Recent winners Eurosilver and Capac are both among the Illinois Derby nominees for the race that's set to run in its familiar spot, four weeks prior to Kentucky Derby day on Saturday, April 3.
Attached is the list of all of the nominees with trainers for the Grade 2 Illinois Derby:
Illinois Derby 2004