The total number of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds eligible for the 2013 Triple Crown has grown to 382 with the addition of 13 late nominations (pending late mail) announced Monday to the series of American classic races that includes the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
The most accomplished of the late nominees is Black Onyx, winner of Saturday’s Grade III, $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. Also among the late nominees are Giant Finish, third in the Spiral for trainer Tony Dutrow; Undrafted, third in the Grade III Swale at Gulfstream Park and the Al Stall Jr.-trained duo of Departing, winner of the $50,000 Texas Heritage at Sam Houston Park, and Sunbean, whose three wins against state-bred competition in Louisiana include the Gentilly Stakes at Fair Grounds.
Other late nominees include Infinite Magic, a recent purchase by Team Valor International with two wins from five starts in Britain that include a recent 1 ¼-mile triumph over the all-weather surface at Lingfield; the Mike Maker-trained duo of Brazilian Court and Wings of Fortune, each of which has a maiden victory to his credit; Are You Kidding Me, runner-up in the Grade II Summer Stakes last year on turf at Woodbine for trainer Roger Attfield; Erik the Red, a recent maiden winner for trainer Linda Rice at Aqueduct; the Bruce Headley-trained Storm Fighter, a recent maiden winner at Santa Anita; Narvaez, who scored his second career victory in a dead-heat with early Triple Crown nominee Declan’s Warrior in a recent optional claiming allowance race at Gulfstream Park; and Hip Four Sixtynine, who scored his first victory in seven races in a maiden race at Fair Grounds on Feb. 23.
The deadline for late nominations to the Triple Crown was on-or-before Saturday, March 23. A fee of $6,000 was required to add each horse to the overall list of 2013 Triple Crown-nominated horses.
Early nominations to the three-race series closed Jan. 26 with 369 horses eligible for the 2013 Triple Crown. A nomination fee of $600 was required for each horse to become eligible prior to the early deadline.
The 2013 Triple Crown will get underway Saturday, May 4 with the 139th running of the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The Preakness, the 1 3/16-mile second jewel, is set to be run for the 138th time on Saturday, May 18 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. The 145th running of the Belmont Stakes, the 1 ½-mile final jewel of the elusive series, is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 at Belmont Park, in Elmont, N.Y.
All of the late Triple Crown nominees are colts. Nine of the 13 were bred in Kentucky, with the others bred in California, Florida, Louisiana and New York.
Graham Motion, who won the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom, is the trainer of Infinite Magic and now has seven nominees in his care. Maker’s pair of late nominees also raised his overall total to seven, while Black Onyx is Breen’s fifth nominee.
Horses not nominated to the Triple Crown during either nomination phase will have a final opportunity to become eligible for the series through a supplemental nomination process. Those horses can become eligible for one or all of the Triple Crown races with the payment of a supplemental nomination fee at the time of entry of any of the three races. A supplemental nominee is eligible to run in the remaining Triple Crown events after payment of the fee. A supplemental nomination at the time of entry to the Kentucky Derby requires a payment of $200,000, but preference is given to original nominees first. The supplemental fee is $100,000 if paid prior to either the Preakness or Belmont Stakes.
The 2012 Triple Crown series attracted 398 early nominations. Twenty more horses were added during the late nomination phase, which brought total Triple Crown nominations for 2012 to 418. The final total was the largest since a record 460 nominations were received in 2007 and 2008.
The Kentucky Derby field has been limited to 20 starters since 1975 and the horses that enter the starting gate for its 2013 renewal will be determined for the first time by points earned in the new “Road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by TwinSpires.com” eligibility system. The field for the Preakness is limited to 14 starters, while Belmont Stakes permits a maximum field of 16 horses.
|Late Nominations to 2013 Triple Crown|
|Are You Kidding Me||John Bates, Ron Kirk, Greg McDonald and Riordan, Shaw & Sones||Roger Attfield|
|Black Onyx||Sterling Racing||Kelly Breen|
|Brazilian Court||Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey||Mike Maker|
|Departing||Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider||Al Stall Jr.|
|Erik the Red||Lady Sheila Stable||Linda Rice|
|Giant Finish||Sunrise Stable, Gary Tolchin, Aubrey Flanagan and Bob Smith||Anthony Dutrow|
|Hip Four Sixtynine||J-LU LLC||Bobby Barnett|
|Infinite Magic||Team Valor International||H. Graham Motion|
|Narvaez||Stipa Racing Stable Inc.||Agustin Bezara|
|Storm Fighter||Golden Eagle Farm||Bruce Headley|
|Sunbean||Brittlyn Stable Inc.||Al Stall Jr.|
|Undrafted||Wes Welker||Wesley Ward|
|Wings of Fortune||Richard S. Reed, Tiffany Zammit and Quade, Bruce & Joyce||Mike Maker|