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2011 Triple Crown Nominations


Trainer Todd Pletcher

Trainer Todd Pletcher is tied with Bob Baffert for most nominations with 20 each

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated March 22, 2011

A total of 364 3-year-olds were nominated for the 2011 Triple Crown by the January 22 deadline of the early period, down only 2 from last year's 366. Early nominations pay a $600 fee, and they are now all eligible for the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes. Although early nominations are now closed, owners can still nominate their 3-year-olds by March 26 for a $6000 fee.

The most nominated by a single owner is 13 by Darley Stable, followed by 8 nominations each for Zayat Stables and the partnership of Klaravich Stables and W.H. Lawrence. Trainers Todd Pletcher and Bob Baffert tie with with 20 nominees each followed by 17 for Steve Asmussen and 12 each for D. Wayne Lukas and Nick Zito. Bernardini leads all sires with 18 offspring nominated, followed by 13 for Tapit and 10 for Distorted Humor. Just 6 foreign-trained horses were nominated, led by trainer Jeremy Noseda's 3 and Aidan O'Brien's 2. Notably absent is Godolphin Racing, whose representatives have informed Triple Crown officials that they will decide which horses to nominate, after the UAE Derby at Meydan on March 26.

Donald R. Richardson, senior vice president of racing for Churchill Downs said, "The impressive roster of nominees to the Triple Crown provides proof that the desire to achieve horse racing's ultimate dream of a Kentucky Derby win and Triple Crown sweep of the Preakness and Belmont Stakes is as strong as ever. Despite a difficult economy, a reduction in annual foal crops and other challenges to our horse industry, the Triple Crown's early nominations are basically flat with last year's total. That's a wonderful show of faith on the part of the international group of owners and trainers that have nominated horses to this year's races. We appreciate their support and anticipate a thrilling and memorable Triple Crown series in 2011."

Below is the list of all 364 nominees in name order with sex, color, and pedigree. Of the 364 nominees this year, there are 4 fillies, 324 colts, 31 geldings, and 5 ridglings.

Horse, Sex, Color, Sire - Dam

Abjer (FR), C, B, Singspiel (IRE) - Fine and Mellow (FR)
Abra, C, B, Elusive Quality - Abaya
Achaemenes, C, DK B/BR, Empire Maker - Queenie Belle
Admiral Rocket, G, DK B/BR, Successful Appeal - Foolish Kiss
Adulare, C, B, Flatter - Corking
Afleet's Acclaim, C, B, Afleet Alex - Endowment
Albergatti, C, GR/RO, Unbridled's Song - My Miss Storm Cat
Alexander Pope (IRE), C, B, Danehill Dancer (IRE) - Starship (IRE)
Alternation, C, DK B/BR, Distorted Humor - Alternate
Ameri Weber, G, B, Ameri Valay - Innerlifeofobjects
Animal Kingdom, C, CH, Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) - Dalicia (GER)
Annual Update, C, B, Dynaformer - Yearly Report
Anthony's Cross, C, B, Indian Charlie - Screening
Apply, C, B, First Samurai - Charming N Lovable
Arch Traveler, C, B, Sky Mesa - Mettle
Archarcharch, C, DK B/BR, Arch - Woodman's Dancer
Ari C, C, B, Stormy Atlantic - Mia Donna
Artful Run, C, B, Artie Schiller - Daintree
Arthur's Tale, C, B, Bernardini - Owsley
Associate, C, CH, Wando - Free as Tristan
Astrology, C, B, A.P. Indy - Quiet Eclipse
Atlantic Bull, C, GR/RO, Stormy Atlantic - Emptythetill
August Osage, C, B, Indian Charlie - Baltic Flier
Awed, C, B, El Prado (IRE) - Art Fan
Awesome Bet, C, DK B/BR, Awesome Again - Ellie's Moment
Awesome Patriot, C, DK B/BR, Awesome Again - Tizamazing
B F Bird, C, B, Birdstone - Zamgo
Back Room Deal, C, B, Maria's Mon - Good Witch Glinda
Balladry, C, GR/RO, Unbridled's Song - Storm Song
Bandbox, C, GR/RO, Tapit - Empty the Bases
Bayamo, C, DK B/BR, Bernardini - Banshee Winds
Beamer, C, DK B/BR, Vindication - Untarnished
Become the Wind, C, B, It's No Joke - Katie Katie
Bellamy's Boss, G, DK B/BR, Bellamy Road - Divine Shadow
Bench Points, G, CH, Benchmark - Mo Chuisle
Benergy, C, GR/RO, Tapit - Pearly Beach
Bert B Don, C, B, Harlan's Holiday - Dixie Maintenance
Big Herman, C, B, Indian Charlie - Bonaire (GB)
Big Mack Daddy, C, CH, Johannesburg - Hooked On Niners
Billy Smart, C, DK B/BR, Rockport Harbor - Limestone Landing
Birdway, C, B, Street Cry (IRE) - Bird Harbor
Black N Beauty, C, DK B/BR, Devil His Due - Harbor Girl
Blue Laser, C, CH, Bluegrass Cat - With a Princess
Bluegrass Reward, G, DK B/BR, Good Reward - Bluegrass Belle
Bomber Boy, C, B, Bernardini - Here I Go
Bonaroo, C, DK B/BR, Dynaformer - Hard to Copy
Boys At Tosconova, C, DK B/BR, Officer - Little Bonnet
Br. Alexander, C, CH, Maria's Mon - Miss Hellie
Break Up the Game, C, B, Bernardini - Pennant Champion
Brethren, C, B, Distorted Humor - Supercharger
Brickyard Fast, C, B, Sharp Humor - Arboresque
Brilliant Speed, C, DK B/BR, Dynaformer - Speed Succeeds
Brock, C, CH, Distorted Humor - Tomisue's Delight
Brooklyn Legend, C, DK B/BR, Congrats - Amber Myth
Bryan Daniel, C, GR/RO, Holy Bull - Just a Baroness
Burns, G, B, Unusual Heat - Little Hottie

C to J
K to R
S to Z
Full list with owner, trainer, and breeder

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