Illinois Derby belongs to Pollard's Vision

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Stickney, IL (Sports Network) - Pollard's Vision, named after Seabiscuit jockey Red Pollard, easily outdistanced his rivals to win Saturday's $500,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course. The winner posted a 2 1/2 length win to pocket the $300,000 first place check. With a morning line of 4-1, Pollard's Vision was not a highly-regarded favorite. He was sent off as the 3-2 favorite in the 11 horse field.

The three-year-old assumed the lead in the 1 1/8 mile contest entering the backstretch. He led through the backstretch and around the turn for home. Second place horse Song of the Sword attempted to catch the leader entering the home stretch.

Pollard's Vision proved much too good and posted a 2 1/2 length victory over Song of the Sword. Suave finished third with O.K. Mikie placing fourth.

The time for the Illinois Derby was 1:50.80.

Pollard's Vision is owned by Edgewood Farm and trained by Todd Pletcher. Jockey Eibar Coa rode the colt for the first time. Pollard's Vision has won three of 10 career starts for more than $445,000.

Two years ago, War Emblem won the Illinois Derby at Sportsman's Park on his way to claiming the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.

Pollard's Vision returned $5.40, $3.60 and $2.80. Song of the Sword paid $3.80 and $3.20, and Suave paid $3.60 for show.

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