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Do the Math, Multiplier Wins Grade 3 Illinois Derby

Contact: Jim Miller (708) 780-3700

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STICKNEY, IL -- An exuberant James Graham was celebrating pretty heavily in the winner’s circle following his victory aboard American Equistock’s (Joe Senkovich) Multiplier, Brendan Walsh trainer, in the 59th running of the Grade 3 Illinois Derby, Presented by Xpressbet, which took place on Saturday. And why not? He just got up for a head victory in this storied race.


Graham had Multiplier racing just out of striking distance in the early going, in a ground-saving trip. They started making up ground around the far turn while racing along the rail. Once they turned for home, Graham angled his mount to the outside and closed well to just nip Hedge Fund at the wire.


Asked when he thought he had a chance for victory, Graham replied, “Turning for home I was pretty sure we were going to get there. For a moment when Jose’s horse (Hedge Fund) spurted away, he kind of caught my horse flat but Multiplier went right after him all the way to the wire and got up by maybe a neck.” 


“He might have settled a bit too well. He’s kind of lazy.  But he has a great career ahead of him. Have you seen him? He’s gorgeous. All kidding aside, he’s a beautiful horse and Brendan has done a great job with him. I’m just happy to be a part of this.


The covered the mile and an eighth in 1:47.98 after fractions of :23.47, :47.24, 1:11.09 and 1:35.57 making this the second fastest Illinois Derby ever.


As mentioned above, Multiplier finished a head ahead of favored Hedge Fund. It was another four and three-quarters back to It’s Your Nickel.


Multiplier earned $150,000 for the victory, boosting his career earnings to $187,310.


Multipler paid $10.80, $5.20 and $3.80.

Hedge Fund $3.20 and $2.60

It’s Your Nickel returned $4.40 to show




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