Connections who want to make a late nomination to the Triple Crown have until this Saturday to get the job done.
A payment of $6,000 must accompany each nomination made during the late phase of Triple Crown nominations, which close on Saturday at 11:59 p.m. ET.
This year’s early nomination period closed on Jan. 21 with 398 horses made eligible. That was a 9.3 percent increase from 2011 and was the largest total since 2009, when the early period yielded 412 nominees.
Last year’s late nominations added 13 and raised the overall total to 377. Among last year’s late nominations was Ruler On Ice, who would later win the Belmont Stakes.
All late nominations made by traditional mail must be postmarked on or before March 24. Triple Crown nominations can also be made online at www.TheTripleCrown.com, or via telephone with a designated representative from one of the three Triple Crown host tracks. Online and telephone nominations must be made prior to the 11:59 p.m. deadline on Saturday.
Triple Crown nomination contacts at the host tracks are:
--Churchill Downs: Senior Vice President of Racing Don Richardson (DonnieR@KyDerby.com) and Racing Secretary Ben Huffman (BenH@KyDerby.com). The telephone number for nominations at Churchill Downs Racing is (502) 638-3825 and its fax number is (502) 638-3915.
--Pimlico: Racing Secretary/Director of Racing Georgeanne Hale (GHale@MarylandRacing.com) and Stakes Coordinator Coley Blind (CBlind@MarylandRacing.com).
--Belmont Park: Vice President and Director of Racing P.J. Campo (PCampo@NYRAInc.com).
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 three American classic races.
Free Brisnet Ultimate Past Peformances of early nominees to the 2012 Triple Crown are available at http://www.brisnet.com/brisnet_promos/TC12noms.pdf. The past performances are provided by Brisnet in the PDF format.
--Edited Churchill Downs release