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Bet on Illinois Derby


Illinois Derby

Stakes: Grade II for 3-year-old thoroughbreds
Distance: 1 1/8 miles
Track: Dirt
Purse: $500,000

The Illinois Derby was first run in 1923 at Hawthorne Race Course located in Stickney/Cicero, Illinois just west of Chicago. After being run at Aurora in 1938, it was discontinued and was only revived at Sportsman's Park in 1963.

Apparently, horse racing handicappers convinced Bill Johnston, the late Sportsman's Park president, into resurrecting the 1 1/8-mile race.

"Good idea, Dave," Johnston said when it was first suggested in 1960. But his racing secretary, the late Robert P. McAuliffe, said, "Feldman is crazy. This race won't draw flies at 1 1/8 miles."

The purse, at that time, was only $25,000, but a full field competed, and Lemon Twist won it before a packed house.

The Illinois Derby was such a success that owners and trainers started to ship horses from everywhere. The race has grown to be one of the richest for 3-year-olds.

Since 2001, the Illinois Derby is a prep race to the Kentucky Derby. Prior to that it was run between the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. The 2002 Illinois Derby won by War Emblem was the last one run at Sportsman's Park Racetrack.



Online Horse Racing graded stakes

Graded Stakes Races

Nov 27

Churchill Downs: Commonwealth Turf ,$300,000 ,3yo ,8.5f Turf

Del Mar: Native Diver Stakes ,$150,000 ,3&up ,9f Dirt

Japan Racing Association: Japan Cup ,$8,229,000 ,3&up ,12f Turf

Japan Racing Association: Keihan Hai ,$838,000 ,3&up ,6f Turf

Dec 3

Aqueduct: Cigar Mile Handicap ,$750,000 ,3&up ,8f Dirt

Aqueduct: Demoiselle Stakes ,$250,000 ,2yo f ,9f Dirt

Aqueduct: Go for Wand Handicap ,$200,000 ,3&up f/m ,8f Dirt

Aqueduct: Remsen Stakes ,$250,000 ,2yo ,9f Dirt

Del Mar: Hollywood Derby ,$400,000 ,3yo ,9f Turf

Del Mar: Jimmy Durante Stakes ,$100,000 ,2yo f ,8f Turf

Japan Racing Association: Challenge Cup ,$886,000 ,3&up ,10f Turf

Japan Racing Association: Stayers Stakes ,$1,283,000 ,3&up ,18f Turf

Dec 4

Del Mar: Cecil B. DeMille Stakes ,$100,000 ,2yo ,8f Turf

Del Mar: Matriarch Stakes ,$400,000 ,3&up f/m ,8f Turf

Japan Racing Association: Champions Cup ,$2,469,000 ,3&up ,9f Dirt

Woodbine: Valedictory Stakes ,$150,000 ,3&up ,12f AW

Dec 10

Japan Racing Association: Chunichi Shimbun Hai ,$886,000 ,3&up ,10f Turf