Twenty late nominations to the Triple Crown have come in, making a total of 418 nominated to the three-race series.
It's the largest number since the record 460 in 2007 and 2008. There were 412 3-year-olds nominated in 2009 and 372 in 2010. The 20 late nominations are the most since 25 were added in 1993.
The most accomplished of the horses on the list include Trinniberg, winner of the Grade II Swale; Isn’t He Clever, runner-up in Sunday’s Grade III Sunland Derby; Heavy Breathing, third to Went the Day Well in Saturday’s Grade III Vinery Racing Spiral; Flashy Dresser, winner of Turfway’s Rushaway on the Spiral undercard; Grade II Tampa Bay Derby runner-up Golden Ticket; Jake Mo, runner-up to Castaway in a division of Oaklawn Park’s Grade III Southwest Stakes.
Owners have one more opportunity to make their horses eligible to compete in the Kentucky Derby. Supplemental nominations can be made at the time of entry on Wednesday, May 2 at a cost of $200,000. Preference will be given in the Derby to horses made eligible during the early and late nomination phases over supplemental nominees.
This year’s group of late nominees includes one filly and five geldings. Pick and Choose is the lone female among the late nominees. The Mike Passero trainee has never started. The geldings are Comisky’s Humor, Explain, Isn’t He Clever, Romancing the Gold and Z Rockstar.
Seven of the 20 horses have graded stakes earnings. Kentucky Derby participation is limited to the top 20 horses with earnings in graded stakes events. That group includes Isn’t He Clever ($188,000), Trinniberg ($174,500), Jake Mo ($85,000), Golden Ticket ($70,000), Heavy Breathing ($47,000), Saturday Launch ($1,000) and Z Rockstar ($1,000).
One of the late Triple Crown nominees has international connections. That is Team Valor International’s Capitan Futuro (GB), purchased by the Kentucky-based partnership following a February maiden victory at Italy’s Capannelle Racecourse. The son of Dalakhani was sent to trainer John Hammond at Chantilly in France.
All three 2012 Triple Crown races will be televised live by NBC Sports. Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) will provide national radio coverage of the American classic races.
|2012 TRIPLE CROWN LATE NOMINEES|
|Bourbon Courage||Bourbon Lane Stables & Wayne Lynn||Kellyn Gorder|
|Brimstone Island||William A. Campbell||William A. Campbell|
|Capitan Futuro (GB)||Team Valor International||John Hammond|
|Comisky’s Humor (g)||Mike Munna Racing Stable LLC||Ron Faucheux|
|Explain (g)||Midwest Thoroughbreds Inc.||Brad Cox|
|Flashy Dresser||Fred Seitz||Fred Seitz|
|Golden Ticket||Magic City Thoroughbred Partners||Ken McPeek|
|Guyana Star Dweej||Shivmangal Racing Stable LLC||Doodnauth Shivmangal|
|Heavy Breathing||Starlight Racing||Todd Pletcher|
|Isn't He Clever (g)||J. Kirk and Judy Robison||Henry Dominguez|
|Jake Mo||Stephen R. Brown||Allen Milligan|
|Nonios||Green Smith||Jerry Hollendorfer|
|Pick and Choose (f)||Thomas Ruden Post||Mike Passero|
|Romancing the Gold (g)||Orlando DiRienzo||Jeremiah Englehart|
|Saturday Launch||Stephen R. Baker||Ken McPeek|
|Slamit||Black Gold Racing||Tim Ice|
|The Lumber Guy||Barry Schwartz||Mike Hushion|
|Trinniberg||Shivananda Parbhoo||Bisnath Parboo|
|Z Rockstar (g)||Robert H. Zoellner||Donnie K. Von Hemel|
|Zetterholm||Winter Park Partners||Rick Dutrow Jr.|