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2010 Triple Crown Nominations


Trainer Todd Pletcher

Trainer Todd Pletcher leads all trainers with 20 nominations

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Updated February 07, 2010

A total of 366 3-year-olds were nominated for the 2009 Triple Crown by the January 16 deadline of the early period, down from last year's 449. 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 27 for a $6000 fee.

Todd Pletcher has the most nominated horses with 20 nominations, D. Wayne Lukas has 16, and John Sadler has 16. Thoroughbred Racing Legends Stable leads all owners with 12, followed by WinStar with 8. Distorted Humor and Tiznow (both standing at WinStar Farm) lead all stallions with 10 nominations each, followed by Maria's Mon and Unbridled's Song with 9 each. 270 horses were foaled in Kentucky, followed by 34 Florida-breds and 12 New York-breds. 15 were foaled outside the United States: 8 from Ireland, 4 from Canada, and 3 from Great Britain.

Donald R. Richardson, senior vice president of racing for Churchill Downs Inc. said, "Our nomination total is down a bit, but the 366 horses on the roster of nominees represent as deep a field of quality prospects as we've seen over the years. All the major players in the United States have come forward for these classics and have been joined by 17 representatives from abroad. The list includes 8 of the top 9 horses from the 2009 Experimental Free Handicap for 2-year-old males, along with the fillies that were considered the top two of their gender in 2009, so it's clear that interest in this special series of classics that include the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes remains deep and widespread."

Below is the list of all 366 nominees in name order with sex, color, and pedigree. A list of the current top Kentucky Derby contenders with photos and profiles can be viewed here. Of the 366 nominees this year, there are 8 fillies, 324 colts, 30 geldings, and 4 ridglings.

Horse, Sex, Color, Sire - Dam

A Little Warm, C, B, Stormin Fever - Minidar
A. P. Eli, C, CH, A.P. Indy - Island Sand
Ace of Aces (IRE), G, DK B/BR, Antonius Pius - Mikes Baby (IRE)
Activity Report, C, B, Bernstein - Chandrina
Afleet Express, C, DK B/BR, Afleet Alex - Expanse
Aikenite, C, DK B/BR, Yes It's True - Silverlado
Ailalea, F, B, Pulpit - Wood Sprite
Alburj, C, B, Dynaformer - Rumansy
Alcindor, C, DK B/BR, Unbridled's Song - Zing
Alex Le Great, C, DK B/BR, Afleet Alex - Colonial Glitter
Alex's Vision, C, B, Afleet Alex - Urban Dancer
Allez Reef, C, CH, Indian Ocean - Miss Penn
Alphie's Bet, C, B, Tribal Rule - Miss Alphie
American Lion, C, B, Tiznow - Storm Tide
Apriority, C, B, Grand Slam - Midway Squall
Arkham Asylum, C, DK B/BR, Gotham City - Effectively Wild
Ashore, C, B, Dixie Union - Offshore Breeze
Aspire, C, DK B/BR, Tale of the Cat - Mamselle Nanette
Awesome Act, C, CH, Awesome Again - Houdini's Honey
Backtalk, C, CH, Smarty Jones - Apasionata Sonata
Baiano, C, DK B/BR, Songandaprayer - Arctic Valley
Beau Choix, C, CH, Elusive Quality - Belle Cherie
Beethoven (IRE), C, B, Oratorio (IRE) - Queen Titi (IRE)
Berberis, C, B, Southern Image - Miss Puzzle (AUS)
Best Actor, C, DK B/BR, Rock Hard Ten - Dance for Dixie
Big Boy Billy, G, DK B/BR, Cactus Ridge - Brenna Belle
Big in Argentina, G, DK B/BR, Bernstein - Sand Dollar
Biloxi, C, DK B/BR, Tiznow - Unclaimed Cat
Bird Empire, C, B, Empire Maker - Mountain Bird
Black Snowflake, C, B, Elusive Quality - Black Escort
Blind Luck, F, CH, Pollard's Vision - Lucky One
Boisterous, C, DK B/BR, Distorted Humor - Emanating
Bold Victory, C, B, Vindication - Apelia
Boulder Creek, C, GR/RO, Tapit - Granuaile
Brady Blue Eyes, C, CH, Sky Mesa - Mettle
Bravo Whiskey, C, CH, Smart Strike - Spanked
Bravo Zulu, C, DK B/BR, Forestry - Alizea's Song
Broken Tango, C, B, Broken Vow - Tango Passion
Brother Bird, C, DK B/BR, Yonaguska - Mining My Own
Buddy's Saint, C, B, Saint Liam - Tuzia
Bulldogger, C, DK B/BR, Dixie Union - Silent Stream
Bulls and Bears, C, GR/RO, Holy Bull - Cherokee Canyon
Bushwhacked, C, B, Posse - Run In
California Soldier, G, B, Lost Soldier - End Sweep's Girl
Call Shot, C, DK B/BR, Tale of the Cat - Sweet Monarch
Callide Valley, C, B, Indian Charlie - Cheri Chardoneigh
Came and Gone, C, GR/RO, Came Home - Attractive Missile
Candeo, C, CH, Skip to the Stone - Brilliant Buffy
Canthavehim, C, B, Graeme Hall - It's a Trip
Capixaba, C, CH, Wildcat Heir - Premier Peak
Cappiwino, G, B, Soto - Slow and Steady
Caracortado, G, CH, Cat Dreams - Mons Venus
Cardiff Giant, G, CH, Yankee Gentleman - Stop the Croquet
Catalan, C, GR/RO, Holy Bull - Petite d'Accord
Catch Twenty Two, G, B, Tactical Cat - Justified
Catlettsburg, C, CH, Johannesburg - Mysterious Truth
Charles Russell, C, DK B/BR, More Than Ready - Winning Call
Chibundi, C, CH, Southern Image - Sweet Trip
Chief Counsel, C, DK B/BR, Officer - Format
Christine Daae, F, CH, Giant's Causeway - Descapate
Citrus Kid, C, DK B/BR, Lemon Drop Kid - Orange Ice
City Trooper, C, CH, City Zip - Such Grace
Classical Slew, C, B, Bernstein - Seattle Qui
Clear Alternative (IRE), C, CH, Indian Ridge (IRE) - Token Gesture (IRE)
Close to the Edge, C, B, Yes It's True - Lemon Twist
Coastal Smarty, C, DK B/BR, Smart Strike - Costa Rica
Codoy, C, B, Bernstein - Puype's Dream
Colizeo, C, DK B/BR, Distorted Humor - Colony Band
Colonel Mustard, C, DK B/BR, Rock Hard Ten - Wave On
Concord Point, C, GR/RO, Tapit - Harve de Grace
Connemara, C, CH, Giant's Causeway - Satin Sunrise
Conveyance, C, GR/RO, Indian Charlie - Emptythetill
Cool Bullet, G, CH, Red Bullet - Lizzy Cool
Cowboy Gets Even, C, CH, Stephen Got Even - Smoking Quality
Cozi Rosie, F, CH, Pleasantly Perfect - Felidia (IRE)
Crafty Hedger, G, B, Crafty Prospector - Valcrest
Crisp, F, DK B/BR, El Corredor - Cat's Fair

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