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Departing wins Illinois Derby

Updated: April 20, 2013, 7:37 PM ET
Associated Press

CICERO, Ill. -- Race favorite Departing came on strong at the head of the stretch to win the Grade III $750,000 Illinois Derby by 31/4 lengths Saturday at Hawthorne Race Course.

Ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Departing ran 1 1/8 miles race in 1:50.78 on the fast track.

Fordubai edged Siete de Oros by a neck for second place, and Abraham finished fourth.

"Once he got down the backside, I thought I was on the best horse," Hernandez said. "He was just kind of cruising and going ...

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