A colt by Speightstown posted the fastest quarter mile breeze April 18, stopping the timer in :20 3/5 during the fourth and final session of the under tack preview for next week's Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale.
Gary Barber's Sisterly Love became the first two-time winner of the current Keeneland spring meeting and did so at the expense of multiple grade I winner Emollient when she took home the April 18 Doubledogdare (gr. III).
Kentucky Derby prep? Possibly, if Midnight Hawk wins in good form.
Preakness Prep? Probably; four weeks out is the perfect spot on the calendar to birth a Middle Jewel new shooter.
Highlight of the Hawthorne Race Course stakes schedule? Definitely. Kentucky Derby prep or not, the $500,000 Illinois Derby remains the state’s preeminent race on the main track for America's glamour division. Without further ado, let’s take a look at tomorrow’s field.
Midnight Hawk - From the Bob Baffert barn, the speedy son of Midnight Lute comes to Chicago sporting a big class edge. He has performed well in four consecutive graded stakes out West, including a victory in the Grade 3 Sham, and a second place finish, albeit a well beaten one, to the Kentucky Derby favorite California Chrome in the Grade 2 San Felipe. Owned by an interesting cast of characters, including Chicago Blackhawks Head Coach Joel Quenneville, and former Chicago Bears Offensive Coordinator Mike Tice, the colt will be a deserving heavy favorite, and in my estimation, stands out as strictly the one
The New York Racing Association is donating 45 trees -- and the space to plant them -- to the Belmont Child Care Association to help raise funds for Anna House, Belmont Park's on-track early education center.