Assistant trainer talks about the Illinois Derby (gr. III) winner on his first morning at Pimlico. Norm also comments on the speed in the race, the plan for Dynamic Impact, and the Illinois Derby win. watch video
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|American Lion||Eoin G. Harty||
|Backtalk||Thomas M. Amoss||
|Boulder Creek||Craig Dollase||
|Dave in Dixie||John W. Sadler||
|Game Ball||Naipaul Chatterpaul||
|Stephen's Got Hope||Doug F. O'Neill||
|Turf Melody||H. Graham Motion||
|Yawanna Twist||John Parisella||
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Dynamic Impact continued trainer Mark Casse's big spring April 19, edging 2-5 favorite Midnight Hawk by the narrowest of noses in the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) at Hawthorne Race Course.
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Given the colt's Chicago connections, it's not surprising Bob Baffert would send Midnight Hawk to the April 19 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. As for his plans from there on out, you'll have to read between the lines.
Advance deposit wagering provider Xpressbet will be the sponsor of the Illinois Derby, set to run April 19 at Hawthorne Race Course.
TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial (gr. I) contender Kid Cruz will miss the $1 million race April 5 due to a sore shoulder, trainer Linda Rice said.
Hawthorne Race Course's spring meet begins Friday, Feb. 21. Sixty-nine horses are entered for the opening day card at the Stickney, Ill., track.
The Illinois Racing Board approved this year's Chicago-area Thoroughbred stakes schedule Jan. 31 despite strong opposition by horsemen to the continuation of one race.
Morning Line, a grade I-winning son of Tiznow, will stand at Lane's End Farm in Kentucky for 2014. The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) runner-up will stand for $10,000.
Trainer Al Stall Jr. said the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (gr. III) at Remington Park Sept. 29 will be the last start of the season for Departing, winner of the Sept. 7 Super Derby (gr. II) last time out.
There's no doubt Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's 3-year-old Departing is a talented runner, and he reinforced that point Sept. 7 by winning the $500,000 Super Derby (gr. II) by four lengths at Louisiana Downs.
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Illinois Derby (gr. III) winner Departing got his first taste of Pimlico Race Course the morning of May 16 by galloping 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Trina Pasckvale.
GoldMark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm's Mylute, fifth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), is a go for the May 18 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), trainer Tom Amoss said the morning of May 11.
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Departing rolled to a strong 3 1/4-length victory in the $750,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne April 20, proving his class after a third-place finish in the March 30 Louisiana Derby.
Claire Novak and Frank Angst handicap the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland and the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. watch video
The major Kentucky Derby by Yum! Brands preps are finished, but there's still some good 3-year-old racing out there. Let's take a look at the Grade III Coolmore Lexington Stakes and the Grade III Illinois Derby.
It may not be worth points on the road to the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), but the $750,000 Illinois Derby (gr. III) drew a packed field of 14, including some familiar names, when entries were taken April 17
Rather than make a last-ditch effort to get Dewey Square into the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), trainer Dale Romans said it is likely the colt will be pointed toward the $750,000 Illinois Derby.
Hawthorne Race Course will begin the 2013 live Thoroughbred racing season in the Chicago area Feb. 15 for a 49-day winter/spring meet that concludes April 28.
American Lion, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Tiznow, sired his first reported foal when a bay filly was born Jan. 31 at Red Riding Hood Stables near Holly, Mich.
The Illinois Racing Board Jan. 29 approved an increase in the purse for this year's Illinois Derby (gr. III) at Hawthorne Race Course and a renewal of the $400,000 American St. Leger started last year at Arlington.
A new Ocala area farm named Sovereign Farm of Ocala will stand three stallions in 2013 in graded stakes winners Field Commission, Backtalk, and Motovato.
In a lawsuit filed last month, Arlington Park contends the Illinois Racing Board acted improperly when it seized 18 simulcast host days and awarded them to rival Hawthorne Race Course.
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