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Illinois Derby scouting report

Updated: April 4, 2008, 12:28 PM ET
By Joe Kristufek | HorseplayerPro.com

Illinois Derby Saturday, April 5, Hawthorne

The Low-Down: The undefeated DENIS OF CORK legitimized himself as a Triple Crown caliber horse by winning the Southwest at Oaklawn in visually impressive fashion. It only seemed natural that he'd run back in the Rebel, but the connections decided it was best to give him just one more prep in advance of a Kentucky Derby run. Because they're based in the Midwest, trainer David Carroll thought better of potential travel to New York for the Wood ...

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