Churchill Downs has adjusted its policy on supplemental nominations to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) to make supplemental entrants
eligible to make the field for the race if they have qualified on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” point system.
policy allowed supplemental nominations to be accepted for the Kentucky
Derby at the time of entry on the Wednesday before the race with payment
of a $200,000 fee, but preference was given
to 3-year-old Thoroughbreds who were original Triple Crown nominees
during its early and late nomination periods.
Under the adjusted
policy, supplemental nominees will be allowed to be part of the maximum
field of 20 horses in the 1 ¼-mile classic if their point totals
through the Road to the Kentucky Derby series rank
them in the Top 20 among 3-year-old Thoroughbreds entered for the race.
supplemental Triple Crown nomination fee paid prior to the Kentucky
Derby goes directly into the Derby purse of $2 million guaranteed and
makes the supplemental entrant eligible for all three
Triple Crown races.
Downs set the previous policy on supplemental entrants to the Kentucky
Derby we were hoping to encourage early nominations to the Triple
Crown,” said Ben Huffman, Churchill Downs Racing
Secretary. “We think we did so, but ended up punishing horses that were
ultimate late-blooming candidates for the Kentucky Derby and Triple
Crown who would have otherwise qualified to compete in those races. The
change in policy provides those horses with a
chance to run in the Derby and benefits all owners with horses in the
race because the $200,000 supplemental fee will be part of the race
The only supplemental nominee to compete in the Kentucky Derby was Greeley’s Galaxy, who finished 11th behind Giacomo in
the 2005 Derby after owner B. Wayne Hughes paid the $200,000
supplemental fee. He made the race as the final entrant in the maximum
of field of 20 horses entered that year.
Not as fortunate was James Tafel’s Unshaded,
who was not an original nominee to the 2000 Kentucky Derby and Triple
Crown but acquired the needed graded stakes earnings to compete in
the Derby when he won the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (GII) at Keeneland.
But more than 20 original nominees were entered in that Kentucky Derby
and Unshaded was on the outside looking in when favored Fusaichi Pegasus won that renewal of the “Run for the