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Illinois Derby scouting report

Updated: April 2, 2009, 9:00 PM ET
By Joe Kristufek | HorseplayerPro.com

Saturday, April 4, Hawthorne

The Low-Down: Run between the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness prior to 2001, the Grade 2, $500,000 Illinois Derby has morphed into a legitimate Triple Crown prep. All of the recent Illinois Derby winners have continued on to Louisville, and in 2002, War Emblem parlayed his Chicago score into a longshot wire job under the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs.

Trainer Todd Pletcher, who has yet to win a Kentucky Derby, has taken down the Illinois Derby three times ...

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