IL Derby Grade III
For Three Year Olds
Going 1 1/8 mile on the Dirt Course
1 Humerous Star Nakamura Stables Santana R Jr 123
Nice Alw win at FG last out to get back on the right side of things. She hadn’t seen the winner’s circle since being purchased at the Feb ’14 Auction for $45.01 and didn’t see it at all in the ’14 season. Nice work at AQU getting ready for today so she could be around for part of this one.
2 Dignity Threshold Borel C H 123
A win and a third from her two seasonal starts and I think she could have improved last out if not for the wet surface, which I don’t think is her best footing. She was a close-up second in the Hirsch (GI) last season, so you know she has some ability and some class. Give her a serious look here.
3 Spiritual Luck NorthernTraderStable Geroux F 123
Kicked off ’15 with a win at SA last out going a flat mile. She was fourth in this race last season, only beaten a length, so you have to think this is her cup of tea. Nice bullet work here on 4/13 and she looks ready to fire big.
4 Orange Cedar Joseph Racing Albarado R J 123
Beat one in the Inisde Information (GII) at GP last out, in what could only be described as one of her less thrilling tries. She had two nice starts to kick-off the ’15 season, including a narrow loss i the Santa Maria (GII) at SA.
5 Defensive Pessimism Mb Stables Bridgmohan S X 123
Back-to-back wins at PRX v Opt horses, so they jump back into graded foes. She was last of six in the Long Island Hcp (GIII) but that was on the grass and at the marathon distance. This seems to be more to her liking and she should give a bang-up effort here.
6 Garfield Dancer Iwin Enterprise Velazquez J R 123
Sold for $50.00 at the Mar ’15 Auction after closing out ’14 with a last-placed effort in the La Brea (GI) at SA. She won the Ashland (GI) over this course last year, so bringing her back here may be a smart move, but I’ll look at some others.
7 Christmas Venture Tirstar Stables Bravo J 123
DH for third in the Bayakoa (GIII) at OP last out in her first stakes effort. Nothing to be ashamed of there, and with only five starts, her best days are probably in front of her. Not thrilled with the post draw, but she has some tactical speed and may be able to overcome it for a minor share.
Willie’s Green Card 2 / 4 / 7