- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 4, 2009

CICERO, ILL. (AP) - Musket Man went past four competitors after the final turn and used a big stretch run for a 2-length victory in Saturday’s $500,000 Illinois Open.

The Kentucky-bred 3-year-old colt finished the 1 1/8-mile course in 1 minute, 49.91 seconds. Giant Oak and His Greatness took second and third, respectively, at Hawthorne Race Course track in suburban Chicago.

Musket Man won a $285,000 first-place purse and burnished credentials as a top entry in next month’s Kentucky Derby.

Musket Man returned $7.60, $3.80 and $3.20. Second-place finisher Giant Oak paid $4.20 and $3. Show horse His Greatness paid $11.80.

Conditions for the Illinois Open’s 52nd running were fast under sunny, but cool conditions on a dirt track.

Musket Man has won three straight races this year.

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