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Illinois Derby Draws 111 Early Nominations

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Illinois Derby Draws 111 Early Nominations


STICKNEY, IL – Early Nominations for the Grade 3, $500,000 Illinois Derby closed with 111 total nominees.  The Illinois Derby was relocated on the calendar in 2013 from the first weekend in April to the third weekend and placed as a prep race for the Preakness stakes, as well as leading into the three-year-old stakes season.  In 2014, the Illinois Derby keeps the same spot on the schedule as it will be run at one and one-eighth miles on the Hawthorne dirt course on Saturday, April 19.

            In 2013, trainer Al Stall sent Departing to Hawthorne for the Illinois Derby following a third place finish in the Louisiana Derby.  Following Departing’s victory in the Illinois Derby, he competed in the Preakness Stakes then put together back to back wins in the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby and the Grade 2 Super Derby. 

            Late nominations for the Illinois Derby close on April 5 for $500 while horses may be supplemented into the Illinois Derby for $10,000 on entry day, April 16.  To nominate, contact the Hawthorne racing office at 1-800-850-4188.

            For the full list of 111 nominations, including past performances, visit the Hawthorne website at, click on the “Horsemen” tab then click on the “Stakes Schedule” tab.


            Live racing returned to Hawthorne on Friday, February 21 with the spring meet racing through April 27.  In February, racing will take place on Friday – Sunday with Wednesday cards being added in March.  First post for the spring meet is slated to be 1:45 PM.  Hawthorne Race Course is located in Stickney IL at 3501 S. Laramie Ave.  For information on live racing or groups at Hawthorne Race Course, contact Hawthorne at 708-780-3700 or visit Hawthorne online at

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