Illinois Derby 2012 Post Positions: Currency Swap Draws No. 4 Post

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: The pack of horses races past the finish line during the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

A record number of horses will compete in Saturday's Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course.

The 55th edition of the Illinois Derby will feature the largest field in the event's history, with a field of 14 three-year-olds competing in the $500,000, 1 1/8-mile stakes at Hawthorne Race Course.

The 14 entries will be joined by three additional eligible horses to bring the total to 17.

"We're thrilled to have the largest field we've ever had for the Illinois Derby," said track president Tim Carey. "We're extremely proud that the race has shaped up the way it has, especially since we were able to raise the purse this year. It's indicative of what we could accomplish and the kind of horses we could have running in Illinois on a regular basis if we had slots at the racetracks to fund a competitive purse structure."

PP Horse Jockey ML
1 Romancing The Gold
I. Ortiz 15-1
2 Hakama J. Pimentel 6-1
3 Ring It Up L. Wade 15-1
4 Currency Swap S. Bridgmohan 4-1
5 Pretension J. Santiago 5-1
6 Skyring R. Vazquez 20-1
7 Saturday Launch C. Emigh 15-1
8 Z Rockstar Q. Hamilton 10-1
9 Fastestwhogetspaid I. Ocampo 30-1
10 Frankie Is Rock E. Perez 30-1
11 Our Entourage E. Castro 9-2
12 Morgan's Guerrilla R. Napravnik 10-1
13 Done Talking S. Russell 20-1
14 Slamit C. Hill 20-1

The additional eligible horses are Explain (Francisco Torres, 20-1), Arm Force (Eddie Castro,15-1) and Defiant Flyer (Seth Martinez, 30-1)

For more horse racing updates, be sure to visit And Down The Stretch They Come.

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