Just in Time: Thirteen Late Nominees Eligible For Triple Crown
The roster 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) to the coveted series of American classic races that includes the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), the $1 million Preakness (GI) and the $1 million Belmont Stakes (GI).
The most accomplished of the late nominees is Sterling Racing's Black Onyx, winner of Saturday's $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (GIII) for trainer Kelly Breen at Turfway Park. Also among the late nominees are Sunrise Stables, Gary Tolchin, Aubrey Flanagan and Bob Smith's Giant Finish, third in the Spiral for trainer Tony Dutrow; Undrafted, third in the Swale (GIII) at Gulfstream Park for owner and National Football League star Wes Welker and trainer Wesley Ward; and the Al Stall Jr.-trained duo of Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Departing, winner of the $50,000 Texas Heritage at Sam Houston Park, and Brittlyn Stable Inc.'s Sunbean, whose three wins against state-bred competition in Louisiana include the Gentilly Stakes at Fair Grounds.
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.
|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|