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2011 Triple Crown Late Nominations


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© Cindy Pierson Dulay
With just 5 weeks to the Kentucky Derby the field has yet to be set, although Uncle Mo is looking like the solid favorite. On Wednesday March 20, the supplemental nominations were announced, with 13 paying the $6000 fee to get in. Topping the list of new faces is Tampa Bay Derby (G3) winner Watch Me Go who has $232,500 in graded earnings and is currently #19 on the earnings list, so he has a good chance at making the Kentucky Derby field.

If any additional horses not already nominated want to enter, they will have to be supplemented. Cost for this is $200,000 for the Kentucky Derby and $100,000 for the Preakness and Belmont. Even if a horse is supplemented, he is the lowest in priority for getting in the race with any early or late nominee getting preference over him. For the early and late nominees, graded stakes earnings determine their priority with the field limited to 20 starters for the Kentucky Derby with no also-eligibles allowed.

The early nomination period for the three Triple Crown races closed January 22 and 364 3-year-olds were made eligible for the three-race series at that time. TThe 13 late nominees bring the overall nomination total for 2011 to 377.

2011 Late Triple Crown Nominations




Beer MeisterJames Egger & William BurnsManuel Ortiz Sr.5-2-2-0$71,620
Bowman’s CausewayMartin SchwarzPatrick Biancone5-1-1-2$61,091
Joe’s Blazing AaronJoseph WitezMike Maker9-3-0-0$123,864
Lagoon of DiamondsCharles FipkeKelly Ackerman6-2-1-0$29,280
Nacho SaintLori & George HallKelly Breen7-1-3-0$126,300
Norman AsbjornsonThomas McClay & Harry NyeChristopher Grove6-2-1-0$117,200
Ruler On IceLori & George HallKelly Breen5-2-1-1$156,500
Saratoga RedRobert Baker & William MackD. Wayne Lukas2-1-0-0$37,800
Smoke It RightRand Metoyer & Benard ChattersBenard Chatters4-4-0-0$96,300
Swift WarriorJames Covello & James DolanJohn Terranova II12-3-2-5$136,810
Truman’s CommanderRobert LaPenta & Harry RosenblumNick Zito4-1-0-1$29,101
War PactJoseph AllenJean-Claude Rouget3-2-0-1$41,267
Watch Me GoGilbert CampbellKathleen O’Connell9-4-0-1$311,345
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