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Monday, March 25, 2002

EARLY LOOK AT ILLINOIS DERBY PROBABLES

Select Stable's Repent, winner of three consecutive graded stakes races after finishing second in last year's Grade I Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park, highlights a list of nine likely starters for the Grade II $500,000 Illinois Derby, the centerpiece of the Sportsman's Park season which will be run for the 45th time on Saturday, April 6.

The Kenneth McPeek-trained son of Louis Quatorze won the Grade II Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds by a nose in his last start. Previously, Repent captured the Grade III Risen Star Stakes in his 3-year-old debut at the New Orleans oval and before that he closed out his 2-year-old campaign with a score in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club at Churchill Downs.

The Churchill and Fair Grounds victories have set up Repent's connections to earn two separate $1 million bonuses if the horse can win Kentucky Derby. A victory in the Illinois Derby would set Repent up for another $1 million bonus if he could win any of the Visa Triple Crown races.

Others listed as likely for the Illinois Derby are: Pin Oak Stable's Changeintheweather, winner of the Grade I Grey Breeders' Cup at Woodbine as a 2-year-old; Guy & Diane Snowden's Peekskill, third in the Grade I Florida Derby last time out; Mercedes Stable's Publication, victor in the Grade II Arlington-Washington Futurity last September; and Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s War Emblem, who captured the Illinois Derby prep race in his last start.

Also, Rick Englander's Boston Common, third in the local Illinois Derby prep; Italo-Erin Stable's One Tuff Fox, victor of an allowance race at the Fair Grounds in his last start; Stiritz & Zander's Robin Zee, who took a second-level allowance race here on March 11; and Mancari & Triffler's Secret Command.

Listed as possible starters are: Abruzzo & Thiriot's U S S Tinosa, second in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita Park on March 17; and Craig & Halo Farms' Yougottawanna, winner of the Grade III El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields in his last start.

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