Boulder Creek ready for Illinois Derby(G3)
Sometimes the best trip is the one you least expect to take. Boulder Creek has been on the Kentucky Derby trail for over a month, and his road looked to take him through the Santa Anita Derby. Then, things changed. Lookin at Lucky confirmed he was running at Santa Anita, and other contenders continued to emerge.
Meanwhile, in the upper Midwest, the Illinois Derby continued to lose horses one by one. On Monday, the likely favorite in the race announced that he would go to the Wood Memorial. That's when the wheels began turning. On Tuesday, Boulder Creek once again trained great. Terry and Craig huddled, and the decision was made. A plane was arranged and a jockey secured. Boulder Creek was on his way to contest the $500,000 Illinois Derby(G3) at Hawthorne Racecourse.
A three-year-old son of Tapit, Boulder Creek, arrived to Hawthorne early Thursday. He paddock schooled Friday. We are firing on all cylinders for Saturday's race.
Trainer Craig Dollase said, "We have always felt this colt had immense talent. He really has yet to run a complete race for one reason or another. If he gets a clean trip and goes about his business I think we'll see a dynamite performance. Who knows, he might really love the dirt. You only can run in the Kentucky Derby once. It's worth taking a shot."
Boulder Creek drew post three of eight with Chris Emigh aboard for the first time. The Illinois Derby is scheduled as race seven at Hawthorne. Post time is 5:37 EDT/4:37 CDT. The race will be featured in NBC's live coverage from 5-6pm EDT.