and trainers of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds who dream that their young horses will
participate in the 2013 Triple Crown races have only a few days
remaining to make their horses eligible during its early nomination period
to compete in the coveted series of American classics that includes the $2
million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), the $1
million Preakness (GI) and the $1 million Belmont Stakes (GI).
deadline for early Triple Crown nominations is Saturday, Jan. 26 at 11:59
p.m. (all times Eastern). Each nomination must be accompanied by a
fee of $600.
late nomination period, which requires the payment of a $6,000 with each
nominated 3-year-old, will open at 12 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27 and will run
through Saturday, March 23.
2013 Triple Crown series opens on Saturday, May 4 with the 139th running of the 1 ¼-mile Kentucky Derby
at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The 138th Preakness, the 1 3/16-mile second
jewel, is set for Saturday, May 18 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md.
The 145th running of the Belmont Stakes, its 1
½-mile final leg, is scheduled for Saturday, June 8 at Belmont Park, in
nominations made by traditional mail during the early nomination phase must be
postmarked by the Jan. 26 closing date. Triple Crown nominations also can be
made online at 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. 26.
that are not nominated to the Triple Crown in either the early or late phases
have a final opportunity to become eligible for the races through payment of a
supplemental nomination. That fee, paid at the time of entry for either
the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont Stakes, makes a horse eligible for the
remainder of the Triple Crown series. A supplemental nomination made at
the time of entry to the Kentucky Derby requires a fee of $200,000. The
supplemental fee is $100,000 to both the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes.
2012 Triple Crown series attracted 398 early nominations. Twenty more horses
were added during the late nomination phase, which brought total Triple Crown
nominations for 2012 to 418. The final total was the largest since a
record 460 nominations were received in 2007 and 2008.
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 for the
first time by points earned in the new “Road to the Kentucky Derby”
eligibility system. The field for the Preakness is limited to 14
starters, while the Belmont Stakes permits a maximum field of 16 horses.
sweep 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
has been 34 years since the most recent Triple Crown sweep by Affirmed in 1978
– the longest stretch without a Triple Crown in the history of the
series. The previous record was the 25-year gap between the 1948 Triple
Crown earned by Citation and Secretariat’s record-shattering
three-race sweep in 1973.
Racing’s I’ll Have
Another became the 51st
horse to take two of the three Triple Crown races with triumphs in the 2012
renewals of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. But the Doug O’Neill-trained
colt was denied his Triple Crown bid when he was withdrawn from consideration
for the Belmont Stakes after he was injured in the days before that