Welcome back to another edition of Horse Racing Preview! This week's feature comes to us from Hawthorne Race Course, so that can only mean 1 thing: It's time for the Illinois Derby!
This is Race 9, set for one mile and an eighth on the main track, is restricted to 3-year-olds, and carries a big purse of $500,000!
Let's take a look at the field:
Dynamic Impact (KY) 6/1
A Step Ahead (IL) 20/1
Midnight Hawk (KY) 4/5
Irish You Well (KY) 20/1
King Cyrus (KY) 8/1
Emmett Park (KY) 20/1
Global Strike (KY) 15/1
Class Leader (KY) 5/1
Class Leader looks like the one to beat in this one. His last 2 starts were victories, and I feel that the jock change to James Graham has something to do with that. Class Leader certainly looks like he's found a way to stalk in his last 2 wins, and in his first race he had to go 6-wide, so that might have something to do with his coming up short. So I look for Class Leader to stalk the pace and then come up in a hurry.
Nextie! Midnight Hawk cannot be overlooked in this one. He should be near the pace as well, and he's been in the money every race. The only thing that sticks out to me is the jock change to Martin Garcia from Mike Smith. But nonetheless Midnight Hawk should be ready for this one, and should finish nicely.
Lastie! Irish You Well is another horse that's been in the money in almost all of his races, with only 2 blemishes. He seems to like similar distances to this one and he's got a great jock in Channing Hill up. Good works, too, so Irish You Well should find a way to the purse in this one, as he has before quite often.
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Well folks. One of the last stops for Derby hopefuls! And thank you so much for stopping, hurry it back next week, and GOOD LUCK!
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