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Date: 04/04/2002


Repent, winner of the Louisiana Derby will be the favorite in the Illinois Derby
This weekend will have two major Kentucky Derby preps with the Santa Anita Derby and the Illinois Derby. Several top Triple Crown prospects will be taking their next step along the trail to Kentucky. Came Home will finally get to prove if he can go farther than a mile as he takes on Mayakovsky, U S S Tinosa, and Danthebluegrassman at 9 furlongs in the Santa Anita Derby. Repent opts to go to Chicago and qualify for a $1 million bonus for winning the Illinois Derby and any of the Triple Crown races. He will be taking on a less than stellar field including Changeintheweather, Fonz's, and Publication which makes his prospects for qualifying for the bonus look pretty good. If he wins this race, that will make three bonuses he is eligible for if he goes on to win the Kentucky Derby.

Also this weekend is Pool Three of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. My advice is to wait until Sunday afternoon and see what happened in the preps before you decide who to bet on in the Future Wager. Check out the odds around 5pm and make your bets at the last minute (wagering closes at 5:30pm EST).

ESPN will show both races from 5:00-6:00pm EST. You can also watch or listen online at the links provided below. Past performances for all the races will be available free online from DRF and Equibase with links after the entries below. Here are the fields for each race with morning line odds where available and links to useful info for each.

Illinois Derby (G2)

Purse: $500,000     Distance: 1 1/8 miles     Post Time: 4:26pm CST
1122 Publication Knight Meier 12-1
2112 Secret Command Reavis Laviolette 30-1
3114 One Tuff Fox Dutrow Martin 12-1
4124 Changeintheweather Bell Walls 12-1
5114 War Emblem Springer Sterling 6-1
6117 Fonz's La Croix Juarez 4-1
7114 Peekskill Reinstedler Santos 10-1
8114 Robin Zee Brueggemann Beasley 30-1
9114 Boston Common Reavis Emigh 30-1
10124 Repent McPeek Bailey 1-1

Free past performances from DRF
Glenners' Picks
Live Audio/Video
Results chart Race 8
More Sportsman's Park info

Santa Anita Derby (G1)

Purse: $750,000     Distance: 1 1/8 miles     Post Time: 3:45pm PST
1 122 Jack's Silver Cassidy Espinoza 15-1
2 122 Danthebluegrassman Baffert Flores 6-1
3 122 Lusty Latin Mullins Corbett 30-1
4 122 Came Home Gonzalez McCarron 6-5
5 122 U S S Tinosa Hollendorfer Desormeaux 6-1
6 122 Mayakovsky Biancone Valenzuela 3-1
7 122 Proud Citizen Lukas Solis 15-1
8 122 Easy Grades West Stevens 9-2

Free past performances from DRF
Glenners' Picks
Live Audio
More Santa Anita info

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