Nominations for the 56th running of the Grade 3 $750,000
Guaranteed Illinois Derby closed late Saturday night with 69, pending late
mail. A supplementary nomination of $15,000 may be made at any time prior to
entry, Wednesday, April 17th, 2013.
The Illinois Derby will take place on Saturday,
April 20th and
will be run at one mile and one eighth on the dirt track.
Todd Pletcher led all trainers with eight nominations,
including Repole Stable's Overanalyze, winner of the Grade 2 Remsen and the
Grade 2 Belmont Futurity last year and Capo Bastone, the third-place finisher
in both the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and the Grade 1 Front Runner in
One interesting wrinkle for the Illinois Derby
this year is that the entry and starting fees ($7500) will be refunded for any
horse that has finished first, second, or third in any Grade/Group I, II, or
Grade 3 race and that is an official starter in the 2013 Illinois Derby.
GRADE 3 SIXTY SAILS
Don't forget! Nominations for the 35th running
of the Grade 3 $200,000 Guaranteed Sixty Sails Handicap close Wednesday, April
10th. This race, for Fillies and Mares, three
years old and up, will be contested at a mile and one eighth on the dirt track.
It will take place Saturday, April 20th, on
Illinois Derby day.
Contact Stakes Coordinator Debbie Lindsay at
708-780-3690 for more information and to nominate.