Illinois Derby 2012: Done Talking Takes The Win

Done Talking held off the large field in the Illinois Derby to take the win on Saturday.

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2012 Illinois Derby Results: Done Talking Wins Kentucky Derby Prep Race

Two well-backed horses canceled each other out at the 2012 Illinois Derby, allowing Done Talking (12/1) to take a surprise win. Morgan's Guerrilla (9/2) won the battle with Our Entourage (4/1), as both hooked up on the lead a half-mile in and wore each other down.

Done Talking is owned by Skeedattle Stable and trained by Hamilton Smith, and captured its first stakes win at the Illinois Derby. The colt was returning to the track from a listless 10th-place finish in the Gotham Stakes (GIII) at Aqueduct March 3, and hadn't seen the winner's circle since November of 2011 in a middling allowance race at Philadelphia Park.

Here are the official results:

  1. 13 Done Talking $27.20 / $10.80 / $6.60
  2. 12 Morgan's Guerrilla $5.80 / $4.40
  3. 2 Hakama $8.20

For more on the road to the 2012 Kentucky Derby and the Triple Crown, be sure to visit SB Nation's horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come.

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2012 Illinois Derby: Preview And Picks For Saturday's Race

Todd Pletcher's Our Entourage leads a field of 14 in Saturday's Grade 3 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Racecourse.

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Illinois Derby 2012: Start Time And TV Information

This weekend's horse racing schedule features two Grade I stakes, the Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby, taking the Illinois Derby out of the spotlight a bit. However, the race still features a very large field as well as a sizable purse, and it's proven to be a legitimate Triple Crown prep race. War Emblem, the winner of the 2002 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, won the Illinois Derby prior to his dual classic win.

A total of $500,000 is on the line in the suburban Chicago race, and there is a field of 14 horses entered. Three additional eligible horses could be added, taking the field to 17 horses for the 9 furlong (1 1/8 miles) race. Currency Swap is the morning favorite, with Our Entourage and Pretension just behind.

Post time is at 6:46 p.m. ET and the race will be shown nationally on TVG.

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Illinois Derby 2012 Odds: Currency Swap Favored To Win

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.

Currency Swap is in the fourth position and at 4-1, is the favorite to win on Saturday.

Horse Racing Nation notes that Currency Swap's lone loss was to Gemologist, who is favored to win the Wood Memorial.

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)

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

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

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