I truly do not understand this decision…
Churchill rejects appeal to add Illinois Derby to qualifying races
Churchill Downs has rejected a bid by Hawthorne Race Course to add its signature race, the Illinois Derby (G3), to the designated prep races in the new points-based qualifying system for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
“We flew down there for a meeting and it was suggested that moving the date would be of significance,” Hawthorne President Tim Carey told the Chicago Tribune. “We were willing to move (from early April) to March to be part of it, and we got back to them. About three days later we got a letter from [Churchill President Kevin Flannery] saying ‘No, we can’t do it.’ “