nominations are now being accepted from owners and trainers of
3-year-old Thoroughbreds who hope their young horses have the talent to
the compete in the
2014 Triple Crown, the coveted series of American classic races that includes the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), the $1.5 million-guaranteed Preakness (GI) and the $1.5 million-guaranteed
Belmont Stakes (GI).
Early Triple Crown nominations opened Jan. 2 and the deadline for acceptance of early nominees is Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11:59 p.m. (all times Eastern). The nomination of each horse must be accompanied
by a fee of $600 to make that individual eligible to compete in the three-race series.
A late nomination period, which requires the payment of a $6,000 for each nominated 3-year-old, will open at 12 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 and runs through Saturday, March 22.
The 2013 Triple Crown series opens on Saturday, May 3 with the 140th running of the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby at Churchill
Downs in Louisville, Ky. The 139th Preakness, the 1 3/16-mile second jewel, is set for Saturday, May 17 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. The 146th
running of the Belmont Stakes, its 1 ½-mile final leg, is scheduled for Saturday, June 7 at Belmont Park, in Elmont, N.Y.
purses for the 2014 renewals of the Preakness and Belmont Stakes will be
the richest in history. The Maryland Jockey Club and the New York
Racing Association increased the purses for their
respective Triple Crown races by $500,000. The boost to the Preakness
purse is the first since an increase to $1 million-guaranteed in 1998,
and the Belmont Stakes purse rose to the $1 million level that same
Kentucky Derby purse climbed to $1 million guaranteed in 1996, and
Churchill Downs raised it to its current $2 million level in 2005.
All Triple Crown nominations made by traditional mail during the early phase must be postmarked by the Jan. 25 closing date. Nominations also can 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 Jan. 25.
Triple Crown series attracted 369 early nominations. Thirteen horses
were added during the late nomination phase, which brought total Triple
Crown nominations for 2013 to 382.
Kentucky Derby field has been limited to 20 starters since 1975 and the
horses that enter the starting gate for this year’s running will be
determined by points earned in the “Road to the
Kentucky Derby” eligibility system, which debuted in 2013. If more
than the maximum field of 20 horses is entered in the race, up to four
“also eligible” entrants will be permitted. If one or more starters are
scratched prior to 9 a.m. (Eastern) on Friday,
May 2, also-eligible horse with the highest preference in the “Road to
the Kentucky Derby” system will be allowed to replace the scratched
horse or horses in the starting gate.
The field for the Preakness is limited to 14 starters, while the Belmont Stakes permits a maximum field of 16 horses.
that were not nominated for the Triple Crown series during either the
early or late nomination phases have a final opportunity to become
eligible for the races through the payment
of a supplemental nomination fee. Due at the time of entry for
either the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness or the Belmont Stakes, the
supplemental fee process makes a horse eligible for the remainder of the
Triple Crown series. A supplemental nomination
at the time of entry to the Kentucky Derby requires payment of $200,000.
The fee is $150,000 if paid prior to the Preakness or $75,000 at time
of entry to the Belmont Stakes.
Downs has adjusted its process, and supplemental nominations made prior
to the Kentucky Derby will now be treated the same as original
nominees. If one or more supplemental nominees possess
sufficient points to qualify for the Derby field, they would be allowed
to start over original nominees with lesser qualifications. Under its
previous policy, Churchill Downs gave preference to original nominees to
the Kentucky Derby and Triple Crown over supplemental
of the three Triple Crown races – one of the most difficult feats in all
of sports – has been accomplished on only 11 occasions. The roster of
Triple Crown winners includes Sir Barton
(1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), War Admiral (1937), Whirlaway (1941), Count Fleet (1943), Assault (1946), Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977) and Affirmed (1978).
36-year gap since the most recent Triple Crown sweep by Affirmed in 1978
is the longest in the history of the series. The previous record was
the 25-year span between the 1948 Triple Crown earned
by Citation and Secretariat’s record-shattering three-race sweep in 1973.
The Triple Crown races produced three separate winners in 2013. Phipps Stable and Stuart Janney III’s Orb won the Kentucky Derby, Calumet Farm’s Oxbow earned the victory in
the Preakness and Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice took the Belmont Stakes.
A total of 51 3-year-olds have won two of the Triple Crown’s three races. Reddam Racing’s I’ll Have Another became the most recent to do so when he won the 2012 Kentucky Derby and
Preakness, but did not compete in the Belmont Stakes.
Representatives of the Triple Crown host tracks include:
Representatives seeking nominations at various U.S. tracks prior to Jan. 25 include Churchill Downs’ Huffman and Dan Bork and Pimlico’s Blind at Gulfstream Park; Byrnes at Aqueduct;
NYRA’s Panza and Santa Anita Racing Secretary Rick Hammerle at Santa Anita; Sandy Montgomery at Oaklawn Park; Director of Racing and Racing Secretary Alison DeLuca at Tampa Bay Downs; Racing Secretary Jason Boulet
at Fair Grounds and Assistant Racing Secretary Tia Murphy at Turfway Park.
- Churchill Downs: Racing Secretary Ben Huffman at (502) 638-3820 or Ben.Huffman@KyDerby.com … Kelly Danner at (502)
638-3825 or Kelly.Danner@KyDerby.com … Fax: (502) 638-3915;
- Pimlico: Director of Racing/Racing Secretary Georganne Hale at (800) 638-1859 or firstname.lastname@example.org … Stakes Coordinator
Coleman Blind at same number or cblind@marylandracing;
- Belmont Park: Senior Vice President of Racing Operations Martin Panza at (718) 659-4241 or email@example.com … Stakes Coordinator
Andrew Byrnes at same number or firstname.lastname@example.org … Fax: (718) 659-3581.