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2012 Triple Crown Late Nominations

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© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated March 26, 2012

With just 5 weeks to the Kentucky Derby the field has yet to be set, although Union Rags and Hansen are looking like big favorites. Today the supplemental nominations were announced, with 20 owners paying the $6000 fee to get their horse in. Topping the list of new faces are Trinniberg winner of the Swale (G3), Isn't He Clever runner-up in the Sunland Derby (G3) and winner of the Borderland Derby, Heavy Breathing third in the Vinery Racing Spiral (G2), Flashy Dresser winner of the Rushaway, Golden Ticket second in the Tampa Bay Derby (G3), and Jake Mo, runner-up in a division of the Southwest Stakes (G3).

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/or 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 two also-eligibles allowed, something new for this year.

The early nomination period for the three Triple Crown races closed in January and 398 3-year-olds were made eligible for the three-race series at that time. The 20 late nominees, the most late nominations since the 25 that were added in 1993. bring the overall nomination total for 2012 to 418, the highest since the 460 nominated in 2007 and 2008.

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2012 Late Triple Crown Nominations

Horse

Owner

Trainer
Bourbon Courage BourbonLane Stables & Wayne LynnKellyn Gorder
Brimstone IslandWilliam A. CampbellWilliam A. Campbell
Capitan Futuro (GB)Team Valor InternationalJohn Hammond
Comisky's Humor (g)Mike Munna Racing Stable LLCRon Faucheux
Explain (g)Midwest Thoroughbreds Inc.Brad Cox
Flashy DresserFred Seitz Fred Seitz
Golden TicketMagic City Thoroughbred PartnersKen McPeek
Guyana Star DweejShivmangal Racing Stable LLCDoodnauth Shivmangal
Heavy BreathingStarlight RacingTodd Pletcher
Isn't He Clever (g)J. Kirk and Judy RobisonHenry Dominguez
Jake MoStephen R. BrownAllen Milligan
NoniosGreen SmithJerry Hollendorfer
Pick and Choose (f)Thomas Ruden PostMike Passero
Romancing the Gold (g)Orlando DiRienzoJeremiah Englehart
Saturday LaunchStephen R. BakerKen McPeek
SlamitBlack Gold RacingTim Ice
The Lumber GuyBarry SchwartzMike Hushion
TrinnibergShivananda ParbhooBisnath Parboo
Z Rockstar (g)Robert H. ZoellnerDonnie K. Von Hemel
ZetterholmWinter Park PartnersRick Dutrow Jr.
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