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Hawthorne Derby

Grade III race
Hawthorne Derby
Location Hawthorne Race Course
Stickney/Cicero, Illinois, United States
Inaugurated 1965
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.hawthorneracecourse.com
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight Assigned
Purse $250,000

The Hawthorne Derby is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually since 1965 at Hawthorne Race Course in Stickney/Cicero, Illinois, near Chicago. Raced in October, it is open to three-year-old horses. It is contested for a purse of $250,000 over a distance of 1⅛ miles on turf.

Inaugurated as the Hawthorne Diamond Jubilee in 1965, it was run on dirt until 1984 when it was switched to the turf course. The John R. Gaines colt Bold Bidder won the inaugural race then the following year returned to the Hawthorne Race Course to win the 1966 Hawthorne Gold Cup.

From inception, the Hawthorne Derby has been run at various distances. Since 1989 it has been set at a mile and one eighth. In 1979 the race was run at the now closed Sportsman's Park.

Records

Time record: (at current distance of 1⅛ miles)

(A course record which still stands)

Winners of the Hawthorne Derby since 1999

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
2009 Proceed Bee Christopher Emigh Scott Becker William Stiritz 1:57.00
2008 Strait of Mewsina E.T. Baird Larry Rivelli Richard Ravin 1:49.48
2007 Bold Hawk Jean-Luc Samyn James J. Toner Patricia E. Nicholson et al. 1:47.45
2006 Best of Buddies Eddie M. Martin, Jr. Michelle Boyce Barr Three LLC 1:50.59
2005 Gun Salute Cornelio Velasquez William I. Mott Brant M. Laue 1:47.51
2004 Cool Conductor Jose Santos William I. Mott David E. Garner 1:47.89
2003 False Promises Carlos Marquez, Jr. Tony Granitz David Maracich 1:48.48
2002 Scooter Roach * Jesse Campbell Terrel Gore Lizabeth Gore 1:58.88
2001 Kalu Jose Santos Christophe Clement R. Schaedle et al. 1:50.49
2000 Hymn Laffit Pincay, Jr. Richard Lundy R. Nip / S. Goldsher 1:53.79
1999 Minor Wisdom Ramsey Zimmerman Richie Scherer Carolyn Friedberg 1:49.06

*In 2002, Flying Dash won the race but was disqualified for use of medications banned in the state of Illinois

Earlier winners

  • 1998 - Stay Sound
  • 1997 - River Squall
  • 1996 - Jaunatxo
  • 1995 - Cuzzin Jeb
  • 1994 - Chrysalis House
  • 1993 - Snake Eyes
  • 1992 - Bantan
  • 1990 - Tutu Tobago
  • 1989 - Broto
  • 1988 - Pappas Swing
  • 1987 - Zaizoom
  • 1986 - Autobot
  • 1985 - Derby Wish
  • 1984 - Pass The Line
  • 1983 - St. Forbes
  • 1982 - Drop Your Drawers
  • 1981 - Jeremy Jet
  • 1979 - Architect
  • 1978 - Sensitive Prince
  • 1977 - Silver series
  • 1976 - Wardlaw
  • 1975 - Winter Fox
  • 1974 - Stonewalk
  • 1973 - Golden Don
  • 1972 - Feloniously
  • 1971 - Northfields
  • 1970 - Well Mannered
  • 1969 - Oil Power
  • 1968 - Te Vega
  • 1967 - Gentleman James
  • 1966 - Handfsome Boy




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