04/17/2013 2:46PM

Illinois Derby gets full gate of 14; Departing in 13 spot

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Departing ran third in the Louisiana Derby.

STICKNEY, Ill. - A full field of 14 horses was entered Wednesday for Saturday's Grade 3, $750,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course.

Departing, the 7-2 morning-line favorite, and the third-place finisher March 30 in the $1 million Louisiana Derby, drew post 13. The wide draw is far from ideal, but a long run to the first turn of the 1 1/8- mile race mitigates to some degree the negative consequences of the outside post. Brian Hernandez, Departing's regular jockey, was named to ride by trainerAl Stall.

From the rail, the field with riders includes Bells Big Bernie (Tim Thornton),  Dewey Square (Corey Lanerie), Street Spice (Jeffrey Sanchez), For Greater Glory (Shaun Bridgmohan), Ground Transport (Mark Guidry), Taken By the Storm (Alan Garcia), Dakota Mac (Seth Martinez), Abraham  (Javier Castellano), Show Some Magic (Miguel Mena), Fordubai (Diego Sanchez), Stormin Monarcho (Florent Geroux), Siete de Oros (Angel Arroyo), Departing , and Narvaez (Paco Lopez).

The Illinois Derby is not part of the Kentucky Derby qualifying series, and no Derby points will be awarded to the race's top finishers.

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Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Whatever the politics, I like Departing and Brian Hernandez and hope they win and get a shot at the KD with the points they already have. Narvaez, Abraham and Sieta de Oros should show up as well. These are all decent 3yo's who can still distinguish themselves after the KD. Most of last years contenders were done in by the end of the TC.
wolves More than 1 year ago
I used to love Illinois racing....Sportman's on the 5/8 in the Spring..Arlington in the Summer...Hawthorne in the Fall til the end of the year....with a bit of Balmoral inner dirt on Sunday nights. Earlie Fires, Pat Day, Mark Guidry, Shane Sellers, Juvenal Diaz.....Jere Smith, Phil Georgeff calling them home. Now it's only Hawthorne for me.......it's sad. Arlington is a dump.
Dave Tang More than 1 year ago
The IL Derby is a lot like the La Derby, no marquee horse in the race but it drew a deep field. If anything it's a good betting race and may the best horse win!
wolves More than 1 year ago
glad to see they got a full field.....CD can kiss off....long live Hawthorne....I'm betting Guidry
mikec203 More than 1 year ago
Remember to bet on this race. Set an all time high for the Illinois Derby and stick it to Churchill, Arlington, etc.
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
no points for this race is embarrassing, to say the least..it gets no points because Churchill and Hawthorne are at odds over dates with Arlington WHICH IS OWNED BY CHURCHILL...how petty and sad for the game....really a black eye for C.D. whether they realize it or not.
threevons More than 1 year ago
Would anyone like to see the Florida Derbys' stature reduced or replaced with the Calder derby.
m More than 1 year ago
no - calder is beat
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
No even close.
threevons More than 1 year ago
Just wait until the dates battle in Florida heats up.
606 More than 1 year ago
I would love to see the winner of the IL Derby come back and bury the KY Derby winner in the Preakness, just to stick it to Churchill. What a petty move on their part to exclude this race from the points system. That's the racing industry though, too dumb to get out of its own way.
Mike More than 1 year ago
Agreed!
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Down and dirty, like all political moves. Too bad for the equine and human contestants, of which no one seems to care.
Bob Adams More than 1 year ago
Remember where you heard it. Arlington as part of the Churchill monster will kill mid-west racing. Sir Richard trying to push Hawthorne into the ground will be his end. The upper mid-west needs Hawthorne and dropping the Illinois Derby as a prep is again racing cutting it's throat