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Illinois Derby Next for Cause to Believe

Illinois Derby Next for Cause to Believe

Following his impressive win in Saturday's $100,000 California Derby at Golden Gate, Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contender Cause to Believe is likely to make a visit to Hawthorne for the $500,000 Illinois Derby (gr. II) on April 8.

Kentucky Derby Trail: Believe in the Cause

Kentucky Derby Trail: Believe in the Cause

Several of the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) preps fell apart last weekend, and the Southern California invaders got hammered by the boys up North in the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III), but we did see an honest, classy colt in Cause to Believe, and there was plenty of other news on the Derby trail.

Hollendorfer's Bay Area Stakes Streak Halted

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer saw his consecutive Northern California stakes streak end at seven Saturday when even-money favorite Halo Cat was defeated by Carthage and jockey Dennis Carr in the $60,950 San Carlos Handicap at sloppy Bay Meadows.

Perfect Drift Gets Reacquainted With Del Mar

Perfect Drift, who shipped in from Kentucky on Monday, met the Del Mar track for the first time since last year by jogging and galloping with a pony over the strip Wednesday morning in preparation for Sunday's Pacific Classic (gr. I).

Cappuchino to Empire in New York

Graded stakes winner Cappuchino, who topped the half-million mark in earnings, will enter stud for a syndicate for a fee of $3,500 at James LaMonica and Kurt Butenhoff's Empire Stud near Hudson, N.Y.

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