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3 yo Gelding War Front Leave
Making a six-wide move under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., Departing swept to the lead at the top of the stretch and cruised to a 3 ¼-length victory in the Grade 3 Illinois Derby on April 20 at Hawthorne Park, punching his ticket to Baltimore.
A gelded bay son of Grade 2-winning sprinter War Front, Departing has lost only once in five lifetime starts, when he was third in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby behind Revolutionary and Mylute, who ran third and fifth, respectively, in the Kentucky Derby.
Departing raced only once at 2, breaking his maiden at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans on December 22. He opened his 3-year-old season with an optional claiming win at Fair Grounds on February 1, then drew off for a 2 ¾-length victory in the $50,000 Texas Heritage Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park.