Recreation Winner breezes at Santa Anita on Jan. 20

Led by means of unbeaten 2-year-old champion and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I) hero Recreation Winner, a complete of 362 3-year-old Thoroughbreds had been made eligible to compete on this yr’s Triple Crown all the way through the early nomination section, which closed Jan. 26.

Every of the 362 horses from the 2016 foal crop was once made eligible thru a $600 cost to compete in any of the Triple Crown contests:the 145th operating of the $Three million Kentucky Derby introduced by means of Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on Might Four at Churchill Downs (1 ¼ miles); the 144th operating of the $1.five million Preakness Stakes (GI) on Might 18 at Pimlico Race Direction (1 3/16 miles); and the 151st operating of the $1.five million Belmont Stakes (GI) on June eight at Belmont Park (1 ½ miles).

The overall was once very similar to final yr when 360 had been nominated on the early level.

Gary and Mary West’s Recreation Winner, who boasts a document of 4-4-0-0—$1,496,000, was once one in all 17 horses nominated by means of Corridor of Repute and five-time Kentucky Derby-winning teacher Bob Baffert. The document 15-time Vintage-winner additionally trains Los Alamitos Futurity (GI) victorImprobable, who’s campaigned by means of three-fourths of the similar crew that swept final yr’s Triple Crown with Justify: WinStar Farm LLC,China Horse Membership World Ltd. and Starlight Racing.

Different outstanding nominees come with stakes winners: Grey Try (Smarty Jones), Gunmetal Grey (Sham), Harvey Wallbanger (Holy Bull), Instagrand (Best possible Good friend), Knicks Move (Breeders’ Futurity), Lengthy Vary Toddy (Springboard Mile), Maximus Mischief (Remsen), Thoughts Keep an eye on (Jerome), Mucho Gusto (Robert B. Lewis), Signalman (Kentucky Jockey Membership), Tax (Withers), Vekoma (Nashua), Warfare of Will(Lecomte) and Win Win Win (Pasco).

Bourbon Warfare, Code of Honor, Coliseum, Nation Space, Additional Hope, Frank’sgunisloaded, International Marketing campaign, Hidden Scroll,Jersey Time table, Kentucky Wildcat, Limonite, Mucho, Community Impact, Nolo Contesto, Omaha Seashore, Owendale, Plus Que Parfait,Roadster, Soldado, Tacitus and Strolling Thunder are simply one of the a lot of well-meant potentialities that had been made eligible for the sequence.

Corridor of Famer Steve Asmussen led all running shoes with 27 nominations. Along with Baffert, Chad Brown and Todd Pletcher additionally had 17 nominees.

Brad Kelley’s Calumet Farm led all homeowners with 13 nominations and tied with Charles Fipke and Godolphin for essentially the most nominees amongst breeders with six apiece.

For the 3rd instantly yr, Tapit was once the main sire with 19 offspring nominated. Into Mischief was once subsequent with 15 and was once adopted by means of Curlin (13), Cairo Prince (11) and Uncle Mo (11).

4 fillies had been nominated, together with champion 2-year-old filly and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) winner Jaywalk and a couple of Grade I-winner Bellafina.

The nominees additionally come with 20 horses founded outdoor North The us, together with 11 from Europe, 5 from Dubai and 4 from Japan. Irish-based teacher Aidan O’Brien and the Coolmore crew nominated seven, together with graded stakes-winning sons of Scat Daddy, Sergei Prokofievand Van Beethoven.

Notable horses no longer nominated to this yr’s Triple Crown come with Champagne (GI) winner Complexity and Saratoga Particular (GII) and Swale (GIII) winner Name Paul.

Horses no longer nominated to the Triple Crown all the way through the early section can also be made eligible at for $6,000 all the way through the overdue nomination length which continues thru April 1. If no longer nominated by means of that date, horses can transform eligible thru cost of a supplemental nomination charge due on the time of access for both the Kentucky Derby ($200,000), Preakness ($150,000) or Belmont ($50,000). 

13 horses have swept the Triple Crown sequence: Sir Barton (1919), Gallant Fox (1930), Omaha (1935), Warfare Admiral (1937),Whirlaway (1941), Depend Fleet (1943), Attack (1946), Quotation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), Affirmed (1978),American Pharoah (2015) and Justify (2018).

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