illinois derby

Hollywood Handsome Tabbed For Belmont Stakes

Trainer Dallas Stewart confirmed on Saturday that sophomore colt Hollywood Handsome will be entered in next weekend’s Belmont Stakes. The Mark and Nancy Stanley-owned son of Tapizar should appreciate the 1 1/2-mile distance of the third leg of the Triple Crown, Stewart said, and will ship to New York on Tuesday. “He’s coming in off […]

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Multiplier Will Try To Add A Belmont Stakes Victory To Resume

Multiplier, the Grade 3 Illinois Derby winner who was sixth in the Preakness Stakes at 19-1 odds, will run in the Grade 1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, presented by NYRA Bets, unless a reason surfaces that he shouldn’t, trainer Brendan Walsh said Thursday at Churchill Downs. “But he’s giving me every indication right now that […]

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Preakness Notes: Senior Investment, Multiplier Record Final Works At Keeneland

Illinois Derby (G3) winner Multiplier breezed five-eighths of a mile in 1:00 4/5 in company with the 3-year-old maiden War Union at Keeneland Sunday morning. Trainer Brendan Walsh was aboard Multiplier through eighth-mile splits of 12 2/5 seconds, 24, 36 1/5 and 48 2/5 while on the inside of the workmate, galloping out three-quarters of […]

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Rosario Named To Ride Illinois Derby Winner Multiplier In Preakness

Joel Rosario will ride Illinois Derby winner Multiplier in the Preakness, said trainer Brendan Walsh. The son of The Factor won the 1 1/8-mile Illinois Derby (G3) by a head over Hedge Fund in his stakes debut after winning a two-turn maiden race at the Fair Grounds and finishing in the money in his first […]

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Multiplier Surges Late To Nail Hedge Fund On The Wire In Illinois Derby

Joe Senkovich’s Multiplier just got up in the final strides of the stretch to win Saturday’s G3 Illinois Derby, winning the first running of the race since 2015. The 3-year-old son of The Factor was kept well off the early pace by jockey James Graham, then found his best stride in mid-stretch to get his […]

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Weekend Lineup: Charles Town Classic

Kicking off this weekend’s graded stakes action is the G3 Doubledogdare on Friday afternoon at Keeneland, featuring the Todd Pletcher-trained Unbridled Mo. The 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo is heavily favored on the morning line for the 1 1/16-mile contest over the main track. On Saturday, the action begins with the G2 Elkhorn at Keeneland. […]

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Evenly-Matched Field Of Seven Set For G3 Illinois Derby

After a one year hiatus, the Grade 3, $250,000 Illinois Derby, Presented by Xpressbet, returns to Hawthorne Race Course on Saturday. The 1 1/8 mile Illinois Derby will be joined by a pair of Illinois-bred stakes, the Robert S. Molaro Handicap and the Third Chance Handicap, to headline the 10-race Hawthorne card. The Illinois Derby […]

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Illinois Derby Returns To Hawthorne On April 22

Illinois’ most historic thoroughbred race returns to Hawthorne Race Course after a one-year hiatus. The state’s namesake race was first run in 1923 at Hawthorne as traditional prep race for the Triple Crown and is currently the richest traditional dirt track thoroughbred race in Illinois. The 59th Illinois Derby presented by Xpressbet will be held […]

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Hawthorne Rejoins NTRA, Returns Illinois Derby To Racing Schedule

Hawthorne Race Course, the nation’s fourth-oldest racetrack, located in the Chicagoland townships of Cicero and Stickney, has joined the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA). Hawthorne has emerged as one of the leading destinations for NTRA National Handicapping Championship (NHC) qualifying contests in recent years and will further expand on that position thanks to discounted NTRA […]

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Multiple Graded Stakes-Winning Gelding Departing Officially Retired

With $1.96 million in the bank, the 6-year-old gelding Departing has officially been retired from racing, reports bloodhorse.com. A War Front homebred for Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, the multiple graded stakes winner will live out his days at Claiborne’s old stallion barn, alongside Hall of Famer Lure and graded winner Parading. “He ran a […]

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