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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

May 31

Epsom Downs: Betfred Oaks ,$635,000 ,3yo f ,12f Turf

Epsom Downs: Dahlbury Coronation Cup ,$514,000 ,4&up ,12f Turf

Penn National: Penn Mile ,$400,000 ,3yo ,8f Turf

Jun 1

Churchill Downs: Arlington Stakes ,$275,000 ,4&up ,8.5f Turf

Churchill Downs: Blame Stakes ,$275,000 ,4&up ,9f Dirt

Churchill Downs: Regret Stakes ,$275,000 ,3yo f ,9f Turf

Churchill Downs: Shawnee Stakes ,$275,000 ,4&up f/m ,8.5f Dirt

Epsom Downs: Betfred Derby ,$1,815,000 ,3yo ,12f Turf

Epsom Downs: Betfred Diomed Stakes ,$121,000 ,3&up ,8f Turf

Epsom Downs: Princess Elizabeth Stakes ,$121,000 ,3&up f/m ,8f Turf

Japan Racing Association: Naruo Kinen ,$886,000 ,3&up ,10f Turf

Santa Anita: Honeymoon Stakes ,$100,000 ,3yo f ,9f Turf

Santa Anita: Triple Bend Stakes ,$200,000 ,4&up ,7f Dirt

Woodbine: Belle Mahone Stakes ,$135,000 ,4&up f/m ,8.5f AW

Woodbine: Eclipse Stakes ,$175,000 ,4&up ,8.5f AW

Woodbine: Jacques Cartier Stakes ,$135,000 ,4&up ,6f AW

Woodbine: Royal North Stakes ,$135,000 ,4&up f/m ,6.5f Turf

Jun 2

Churchill Downs: Old Forester Mint Julep ,$225,000 ,4&up f/m ,8.5f Turf

Japan Racing Association: Yasuda Kinen ,$3,703,000 ,3&up ,8f Turf

Jun 6

Belmont Stakes Festival: Belmont Gold Cup ,$250,000 ,4&up ,16f Turf