Photo: Eclipse Sportswire
The nomination period for all 3-year-old Thoroughbreds to compete in the 2019 Triple Crown series – the $3 million Kentucky Derby, the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes and the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes – are due Saturday.
Early Triple Crown nominations cost $600 and can be made at thetriplecrown.com or by calling the Churchill Downs Racing Office at (502) 638-3825. Information regarding mailing or faxing nomination forms can also be found online.
The 2019 Triple Crown opens Saturday, May 4 with the 145th running of the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby a tChurchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The 144th Preakness, its 1 3/16-mile second jewel, is set for Saturday, May 18, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. The 151st running of the Belmont Stakes, the series’ 1 2/-mile final leg, is scheduled for Saturday, June 8, at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
Last year’s early phase of Triple Crown nominations attracted 360 horses, including eventual Triple Crown champion Justify. An additional 10 Thoroughbreds were made eligible during the late nomination period to raise the overall total to 370.
The late nomination period, which requires the payment of $6,000 for each nominated 3-year-old, will open Sunday and continue through Monday, April 1.
Representatives of the Triple Crown host tracks include:
• Churchill Downs: Racing Secretary Ben Huffman at (502) 638-3820 or Ben.Huffman@KyDerby.com. … Assistant Racing Secretary Dan Bork at (502) 638-3806 or Dan.Bork@KyDerby.com. … Racing Operations Manager Kelly Danner at (502) 638-3825 or Kelly.Danner@KyDerby.com.