In sticking with the three year old theme of our Horse Racing Race of the Week, this weekend we will be taking a closer look at the 2013 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Racetrack where Departing has been installed as the 7/2 morning line favorite.
With just two short weeks to go until the 2013 Kentucky Derby don’t discount anyone in the field to make an impact on the classics.
Over the past 10 or 15 years, (the Illinois Derby was first run in 1968) there have been several horses that have made an impact in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont Stakes.
In 1999, Illinois Derby winner Vision n’ Verse ran second in the Belmont Stakes that same year, in 2002 War Emblem won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness before almost falling on his face at the start of the Belmont Stakes. The very next year’s winner Ten Most Wanted finished second to Empire Maker in the Belmont Stakes and 2006 Illinois Derby winner Sweetnorthernsaint actually went off as the 2006 Kentucky Derby favorite (but finish...