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Illinois Derby

Grade II race
Illinois Derby
Location Hawthorne Race Course
Stickney/Cicero, Illinois, USA
Inaugurated 1923
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Hawthorne Race Course
Race information
Distance 1⅛ miles (9 furlongs)
Track Dirt, Right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight 122 lbs (55.3 kg)
Purse $500,000

The Illinois Derby is a race for Thoroughbred horses held in early April each year. First run in 1923, the Derby takes place at Hawthorne Race Course located in Stickney/Cicero, Illinois, just west of Chicago. It is open to horses, age three, willing to race one and one-eighth miles (9 furlongs) on the dirt.

It had been a Grade II Stakes race with an offering a purse of $500,000, however it was reduced to a Grade III Stakes Races for 2010 by The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.[1]

The race was named in honor of the home state in which it was run, the state of Illinois. The race was run at Sportsman's Park from 1924 through 1931. It moved to Aurora Downs Racetrack in 1932 and was run there until 1938. In 1939 the race went on hiatus until through 1962. Then the race was revived at Sportsman's Park Racetrack again in 1963 where it remained through its 2002 running. The race was not run 1939-1962 and 1970-1971.

The race was first graded in 1973 when the grading system started as a grade three stakes race and in 1997 was elevated to a grade two stakes race. The inaugural running of the race in 1923 was run at 1-1/4 miles.

Prior to 2000 the race was run between the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes thus competing with the second leg of the Triple Crown for good runners. Beginning in 2001, the Illinois Derby was moved to four weeks pior to the Kentucky Derby and instantly become a major Triple Crown prep race to the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.

The 2002 Illinois Derby won by War Emblem was the last Derby run at Sportsman's Park Racetrack. War Emblem went on to become a "Dual Classic Winner" by winning the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. War Emblem helped elevate the prestige of the Illinois Derby by displaying that a race winner could go on to even bigger glory.

In 2004 Pollard's Vision also helped increase the stature of the race when he won it. Pollard's Vision was a colt who was blind in his right eye, he was named in honor of Seabiscuit's jockey Red Pollard, who also lost sight in his right eye. In that same year Seabiscuit the movie was the second highest grossing film of the year at over $180,000,000 and won seven oscars at the Academy Awards.

In 2006 Sweetnorthernsaint, the Illinois Derby winner that year, helped the stature of the race after recording the highest beyer speed figure of the year in the race and was installed as the morning line favorite in the Kentucky Derby. Sweetnorthernsait went on to become the Preakness Stakes runner up to Bernardini in the race that Barbaro was fatally injured.

In 1997, at Sportsman's Park, Wild Rush set the record for the fastest time in the Illinois Derby at 1:47.51.

Contents

Winners of the Illinois Derby since 1968

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time

Purse

Grade

2010

American Lion

3

David Flores Eoin G. Harty WinStar Farm

1:51.31

$500,000

III

2009

Musket Man

3

Eibar Coa Derek S. Ryan Eric Fein/Vic Carlson

1:49.91

$500,000

II

2008

Recapturetheglory

3

E. T. Baird Louie Roussel III L. Roussel III/Ronald Lamarque

1:49.01

$500,000

II

2007

Cowtown Cat

3

Fernando Jara Todd A. Pletcher WinStar Farm

1:51.21

$500,000

II

2006

Sweetnorthernsaint

3

Kent Desormeaux Michael Trombetta Joseph J. Balsamo/Ted Theos

1:49.82

$500,000

II

2005

Greeley's Galaxy

3

Kent Desormeaux Glen Stute B. Wayne Hughes

1:49.62

$500,000

II

2004

Pollard's Vision

3

Eibar Coa Todd A. Pletcher Edgewood Farm

1:50.80

$500,000

II

2003

Ten Most Wanted

3

Pat Day Wallace Dollase J. Chisholm/J. P. Reddam et al.

1:51.47

$500,000

II

2002

War Emblem

3

Larry Sterling Frank R. Springer Russell L. Reineman Stable

1:49.42

$500,000

II

2001

Distilled

3

Mike E. Smith Todd A. Pletcher Dogwood Stable

1:51.37

$500,000

II

2000

Performing Magic

3

Shane Sellers Alex L. Hassinger, Jr. The Thoroughbred Corp.

1:50.86

$500,000

II

1999

Vision and Verse

3

Herbert Castillo William I. Mott W. Bruce Lunsford

1:48.47

$500,000

II

1998

Yarrow Brae

3

Willie Martinez D. Wayne Lukas M. Tabor / S. Magnier

1:51.21

$500,000

II

1997

Wild Rush

3

Kent Desormeaux Richard Mandella Frank Stronach

1:47.51

$500,000

II

1996

Natural Selection

3

Randy Romero Mohamed Moubarak Buckram Oaks Farm

1:48.60

$500,000

III

1995

Peaks and Valleys

3

Julie Krone James E. Day Pin Oak Stable

1:48.99

$500,000

III

1994

Rustic Light

3

Earlie Fires Robert Hale Phillip Brooks & Robert Hale

1:51.89

$500,000

III

1993

Antrim Rd.

3

Aaron Gryder Glenn Wismer Alyce & Joseph Novogratz

1:48.68

$500,000

III

1992

Dignitas

3

Jerry D. Bailey George R. Arnold II John Peace

1:49.09

$533,500

III

1991

Richman

3

Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott William F. Lucas

1:49.36

$530,000

III

1990

Dotsero

3

Aaron Gryder Tim Muckler J. Malkin, B. Glazov, et al.

1:50.60

$315,000

III

1989

Music Merci

3

Gary L. Stevens Craig C. Lewis Harvey & Thea Cohen

1:50.20

$515,000

III

1988

Proper Reality

3

Jerry D. Bailey Robert E. Holthus Mrs. James A. Winn

1:50.20

$535,000

III

1987

Lost Code

3

Gene St. Leon L. William Donovan Wendover Stable

1:49.60

$313,550

III

1986

Bolshoi Boy

3

Richard Migliore Howard M. Tesher Art Belford/John Greathouse, Jr.

1:52.20

$315,000

III

1985

Important Business

3

Juvenal L. Diaz LeRoy Jolley Ilene & Skip Taylor

1:51.60

$320,000

III

1984

Delta Trace

3

Keith K. Allen Robert J. Frankel Ann & Jerry Moss

1:51.80

$210,000

III

1983

Gen'l Practitioner

3

Jose A. Santiago Leo Sierra William Blair

1:50.40

$210,000

III

1982

Star Gallant

3

Ray Sibille Lenny Imperio Mahmoud Fustok

1:52.60

$210,000

III

1981

Paristo

3

David Ashcroft George R. Handy Robert & Ruth Feinberg

1:49.60

$155,000

III

1980

Ray's Word

3

Richard DePass Smiley Adams Not found

1:52.00

$155,000

III

1979

Smarten

3

Sam Maple Woody Stephens Ryehill Farm

1:49.40

$150,000

III

1978

Batonnier

3

Ronald Hirdes, Jr. Harry Trotsek Edward Seltzer

1:51.60

$105,000

III

1977

Flag Officer

3

Leslie Ahrens George J. Getz C. Schmidt & P. Teinowitz

1:52.20

$105,000

III

1976

Life's Hope

3

Sandy Hawley Laz Barrera Harbor View Farm

1:51.40

$125,000

III

1975

Colonel Power

3

Phil Rubbicco John O. Meaux Harvey Peltier

1:50.20

$105,000

III

1974

Sharp Gary

3

Gerland Gallitano Joseph DiAngelo Edward R. Scharps

1:50.00

$105,000

III

1973

Big Whippendeal

3

Larry Adams Not found Kinship Stables

1:50.20

$75,000

III

1972

Fame And Power

3

Gerland Gallitano John O. Meaux Harvey Peltier

1:50.00

$70,000

1971

No Race

3

No Race No Race No Race

0:00.00

no race

1970

No Race

3

No Race No Race No Race

0:00.00

no race

1969

King of the Castle

3

Braulio Baeza Edward A. Neloy Ogden Phipps

1:51.40

$80,000

1968

Bold Favorite

3

Robert Nono Del W. Carroll Michael G. Phipps

1:50.20

$75,000

Earlier winners

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  • 1967 - Royal Malabar
  • 1966 - Michigan Avenue
  • 1965 - Terra Hi (1st Div)
  • 1964 - Nushka
  • 1963 - Lemon Twist
  • 1939 - 1962 No race
  • 1938 - Gov. Chandler
  • 1937 - Case Ace
  • 1936 - Rushaway
  • 1935 - Sun Portland
  • 1934 - Mata Hari
  • 1933 - Sweeprush
  • 1923 - In Memoriam


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