Shanghai Bobby Tops Triple Crown Nominations

The early nomination period for the three races in the American Triple Crown has concluded with 369 3-year-old Thoroughbreds based in the United States and abroad eligible to bid for a rare sweep of the series of classic races 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).
The roster of nominees is headed by Starlight Racing, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Shanghai Bobby, the 2-year-old champion of 2012 and winner of the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) who suffered his first career setback in his 2013 debut in the recent Holy Bull Stakes (GIII) at Gulfstream Park.  Shanghai Bobby is trained by Todd Pletcher, who has won a pair of Triple Crown races and leads all trainers with 29 nominees to the 2013 series.
Pletcher, whose Triple Crown wins include the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver and the 2007 Belmont Stakes with the filly Rags to Riches, has a powerhouse team of nominees for the spring classics that also includes Black Rock Thoroughbreds LLP’s Violence, winner of the CashCall Futurity (GI) at Hollywood Park and Belmont Park’s Nashua (GIII); Repole Stable’s Overanalyze, winner of the Remsen (GII) and Belmont Futurity (GII); Stonestreet Stables LLC’s star filly Dreaming of Julia, winner of the Frizette (GI); and potential stars that include WinStar Farm LLC’s Revolutionary, WinStar and Twin Creeks Racing Stable LLC’s Delhomme and Let’s Go Stable’s Verrazano, who was an impressive winner in his lone start.
The 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 Elmont, N.Y.
This year’s total of early nominees to the Triple Crown races is down from the 398 horses made eligible during the early phase in 2012.  Twenty more horses were added to the 2012 roster during the Triple Crown’s late nomination phase, which lifted the final total to 418. 
The deadline for early nominations was Jan. 26 and required a fee of $600 for each nominated 3-year-old.  The late nomination period, which requires the payment of a $6,000 fee with each nominee, is underway and will run through Saturday, March 23 at 11:59 p.m. (all times Eastern).  Information is available at
Other accomplished 2013 Triple Crown nominees include John Oxley’s Uncaptured, winner of the Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) and Iroquois (GIII) at Churchill Downs; Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa’s Itsmyluckyday, who defeated Shanghai Bobby in the Holy Bull after winning the Gulfstream Park Derby in his previous outing; He’s Had Enough, the runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile owned by Reddam Racing LLC and trained by Doug O’Neill, the team that sent I’ll Have Another to victories in the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness; Goldencents, the O’Neill-trained winner of the Delta Jackpot (GIII) and Sham (GIII) owned by a partnership that includes W C Racing, Dave Kenney and RAP Racing, a stable headed by University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino; Bluegrass Hall LLC’s Oxbow, winner of the Lecomte (GIII) at Fair Grounds for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who is tied with training legend Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons with a record 13 victories in Triple Crown events; and Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, an eight-time winner of Triple Crown races, has a team of nominees headed by Gary and Mary West’s  Power Broker, winner of the Frontrunner (GI) at Santa Anita and potential stars that include the West-owned Flashback and  Tabor, Magnier and Smith’s War Academy.
Bluegrass Hall LLC and the Wests each nominated seven horses to the Triple Crown to lead in total nominations by owners, either alone or in partnership.  Darley Stable was next with six nominees. Charles Fipke, Alex and John Lieblong, Oxley, Kaleem Shah Inc., West Point Thoroughbreds and WinStar Farm nominated five horses each.
Immediately behind Pletcher among trainers was Baffert, who trains 23 early nominees to the Triple Crown races.  Ken McPeek and Nick Zito are next with 13 nominees, while Mark Casse and Lukas each nominated 11 3-year-olds.
The leading breeders of 2013 Triple Crown nominees, either alone or in partnership, are Darley and Edward P. Evans, each of whom bred seven of the Triple Crown-eligible horses.  Close behind are Ken & Sarah Ramsey and William S. Farish with six nominees, and Diamond A. Racing Corp. and Fipke each bred five nominees.
Nine nominated horses are based outside of North America, including four that hail from the stable of Ireland’s Dermot Weld, who saddled Go and Go to win 1990 Belmont Stakes.  Irish training king Aidan O’Brien trains a pair of nominees.
Dreaming of Julia is joined by Spendthrift Farm’s Beholder, winner of the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) and America’s champion 2-year-old filly of 2012, among seven female nominees to the Triple Crown. 
The overall total of 369 Triple Crown nominees includes 325 colts. Along with the seven fillies, the remaining nominees include 28 geldings and nine ridglings. 
The United States was the birthplace of an overwhelming majority of nominated horses with 352 bred in the U.S. and 263 of those – 71.3 percent of that group – were born in Kentucky.  Seventeen nominees were bred outside of U.S. borders, with Canada accounting for 11 of those.
The 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.
A 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 (1978).  
It 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.
The 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness wins by I’ll Have Another made the son of Flower Alley the 51st horse to take two of the three Triple Crown races.  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 contest. Chadds Ford Stable’s Union Rags, who finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby, scored a narrow victory in the Belmont Stakes to conclude the 2012 Triple Crown series.
Horses that are not nominated in either the early or late nomination phases have a final opportunity to become eligible for Triple Crown competition through a supplemental nomination. That process involves the payment of a hefty fee, due at the time of entry for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness or Belmont Stakes, that makes the horse eligible to run in the remaining races of the Triple Crown series.  A supplemental nomination made at the time of entry for the Kentucky Derby requires a fee of $200,000, and the fee drops $100,000 if paid prior to either the Preakness or the Belmont Stakes.
A Certain Saturday (g)
Admiral Kitten
Afonso de Sousa
Air Squadron
Allocate (g)
Almost English
Always Curious
Always in a Tiz
Amarish (g)
Amerigo Vespucci
Appealing Tale
Archer Hill
Avare (r)
Avie's Quality
Back Off Buddy
Balance of Power (g)
Balance the Books
Beholder (f)
Bench Press
Bern Identity
Best of Birdstone
Best Play
Big Lute
Bold Challenger
Bold Dance
Boundless Heart
Brass Pear
Bred to Boss
Brown Almighty
Bye Bye Bernie
Can't Catch Me Now (g)
Capo Bastone
Carried Interest
Carson's Crown
Caviar Dreams (g)
Celestial Cruiser
Cerro (IRE)
Cervaro (r)
Champion Boy
Channel Isle
Charismatic Pulpit
Charming Kitten
China Prince (g)
Circle Unbroken
Clearly Now
Coastal Breeze
Code West (r)
Coin Broker
Corinthian Order
County Lineman
Crop Report
Cumberland Chief
Curly Top
Dead Easy
Declan's Warrior
Del Mar Sunset
Den's Legacy
Dewey Square
Dipsy Drew
Dirty Swagg (r)
Distinctiv Passion
Divine Ambition
Doc Cebu
Doherty (g)
Dreaming of Julia (f)
Dry Summer (r)
Duke of the City
Dyker Beach
Dynamic Sky
Dynamic Strike
Earned Indulgence
Edge of Reality
El Duro
Empire Star
Equus Prime
Escapefromreality (g)
Eton Blue
Exchange Partners
Falling Sky
Far Rockaway
Fear the Kitten
Fiddler Blue
Fire Flight
Flashy Gray (f)
Flying Bird
For Greater Glory
Force Multiplier
Forever Thing
Forgotten Rules (IRE)
Forty Tales
Frac Daddy
Freedom Child (r)
Fury Kapcori
Giant's Time
Glowing Ember
Golden Lad
Golden Soul
Gombey Dancer
Govenor Charlie
Gray Meteor
Ground Transport
Hard to Name
Hardrock Eleven (g)
Hear the Ghost (g)
Heat Press
Heaven's Runway
He's Had Enough
He's So Fine
High Five Again
Honorable Dillon
Honorable Guest
Illusion Confusion
I'm Boundtoscore
Imperial Concorde (IRE)
Imperial Fortune
Indy's Illusion
Ino Thepath
Inspired Hero (r)
Intrepid Citizen
Ive Struck a Nerve
J K's Mischief (f)
Jack Milton
Jagger M
James Jingle
Java's War
Joshua's Comprise
Just Win Baby
Kid Twist
Kings Giant
Know More
Leaving Trax
Lemon Drop Dream
Lexis Hero
Liberal Spin
Lightning Stone
Lines of Battle
Little Distorted
Little Jerry
Long River
Looking Cool
Luckystrykes Me
Mac the Man
Majestic Hussar
Major Affair (g)
Make The News (IRE)
Malibu High
Malibu Master
Master Appeal
Mentor Cane
Merit Man
Midas Dancer
Midnight Taboo
Midnite Poppa
Mom's Song (r)
Moon Back More
Moro Tap
Mountain Eagle (g)
Mr Blackthorn
Mr Palmer
Mudflats (g)
My Name Is Michael
Mythical Wings
Night Warden
Noble Laureate
Noble Tune
Normandy Invasion
Northern Lion
Now and Then
Officer Alex
Offlee Fast
Oistin's Town
Omega Star (g)
Onlinepoker (g)
Only in America
Order of Magnitude
Ore Pass
Palace Malice
Palm Island
Park City
Pataky Kid
Perfect Set
Perfect Title
Perilous Times
Persuasive Paul
Plenty Elusive
Portmonarch (IRE)
Power Broker
Prado Cat
Prince Telemachus
Princess of Sylmar (f)
Private Access
Proud Strike
Pure Loyalty
Purple Egg (g)
Pyrite Mountain
Quinzieme Monarque
Really Sharp
Rebel Spy
Red Wings
Res Judicata
Resolute Response (IRE)
River Rocks
Royal Art
Saint Prado
Saint Vigeur
Sayler's Creek
Seeking an Empire
Shakin It Up
Shaler (r)
Shanghai Bobby
Siete de Oros (g)
Silent Admirer
Silver Day (g)
Silver Tongued
Sir Fire Foot
Sir Pulpit
Sir Searsucker
Sky Captain
Sky Commander
Song to You
Speak Logistics
Spirit of Dixie
Spring Venture (f)
Sr. Quisqueyano
Standup Paddle
Steel Dust Dancer
Storm Power
Street Battle
Street Spice
Sugar Business (g)
Summer Exclusive
Super Ninety Nine
Supreme Commander
Taken by the Storm
Taran Taran
Tenango (g)
Tenkiller Kid
Texas Bling
The Candidate
The Man Himself
Third Choice
Thunder's Rollin'
Titan Dune
Title Contender
Titletown Five
Tiz a Minister
Tiz Fitting
Tiz Now My Choice
Tiz the Truth
To the Stars
Torchrunner (g)
Town Extension
Track Rocker
Trade Rumor (g)
Treasury Bill
Tree of Life (g)
Trinni Heart
Triple Cross (g)
Trumpeter Swan
Tulira Castle
Twin Engine
Twining Hearts
Unbridled Giant
Unlimited Budget (f)
Uptown Anthem (g)
Value Trap
Vegas No Show
Volatile Markets
Vyjack (g)
War Academy
War Dancer
War Shaman (g)
War Tide
Way Best
Weekend Hideaway
West Hills Giant
Whiskey Bravo
Whiskey Romeo
Wild Billum
Wildcat Moon
Will Take Charge
Winning Cause
Zee Bros
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Thank you, TV. Just not what I expected I guess
No it is not. Find stats and you will see what I mean. Also if men live long enough, the majority WILL get prostatic CA but old age will kill them long before the primary or metasteses.
Ok, I think that's going a bit too far. lol
Why just about EVERY man alive will, in the very near future, get BPH Benign Prostatic Hperplasia - cellular overflow from the veromontanum
but he's the BEST barrel horse I've got so I don't complain much!
not really a baby, he's 8. Gelded at 2.
I've got four geldings at my house, and four mares. one mare is not mine. My geldings are sweet innocent angels... except for my baby! He is a troublemaker, the whole gelding process didn't really work out with him, I think he thinks he still has his manlyness... sure acts like it! lol
HAHA. This thread is funny. One would think testicular subjects would not be on a horse racing site, haha.
You guys crack me up! haha
Sorry, URR. Sometimes you feel like a nut; sometimes you don't.
Ok Tv, thans for the run-down. I think I lost my apatite... ;)
like not lie
ingrown toenail is onycho cryptosis
I love talking to you guys, I don't have any friends who lie horse racing so it's always nice to get on after the end of a long day of pure barrel horses. lol
cryptic=hidden,, orchid=testicle
Well I think Mary just gave me the dad version. on spelling that is lol
Right, cryptorchid.
Haha..... This posy made me laugh, especially "The dad version, then the mom version"
Thanks guys. 'round here we call it a cyripted orchid
LOL, the dad version, then the mom version.

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