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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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Brown: Practical Joke Will ‘Benefit’ From Extra Week Before Blue Grass Stakes

Recipient of the 2016 Eclipse Award as North America’s outstanding trainer, Chad Brown will send out two-time Grade 1 winner Practical Joke in Saturday’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2). Brown had considered running the Into Mischief colt in the Xpressbet Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park on April 1. “I just felt in the […]

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Sophomore It’s Your Nickel Dominates Spiral Prep At Turfway

It’s Your Nickel used the first two furlongs of the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes to get acquainted with Turfway Park’s Polytrack and the last 6 1/2 furlongs to bury the rest of the field. Beating only two horses early, he found his stride on the backstretch, split horses into the stretch and drew away from […]

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