04/09/2011 3:16PM

Hawthorne: Illinois Derby Day

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61 degrees, partly sunny. Wind light and variable.
Main track fast.
No heavy rain Friday, but persistently wet, and that's probably a good thing, as far as the HAW main track is concerned. Good to see race 1, for maiden-claimer,s go in 1:11.69 for six furlongs. Three days ago, when the track was loose and laboring, I suspect that time would've been at least two seconds slower. Low-level claiming routers just went 8.5 furlongs in 1:47.55 in race 2. Speed went 1-2, but that was probably a function of slow middle fractions.