Wednesday, April 01, 2009


Florida Derby winner QUALITY ROAD headlines a list of 11 late nominees to Thoroughbred racing’s 2009 Triple Crown. The deadline for late nominees, at a fee of $6,000, passed Saturday at midnight.

Four hundred one prospects were nominated during the early sign-up period that closed Jan. 24. The fee then was $600 per nominee.

Those joining QUALITY ROAD, who preceded his Florida Derby victory by winning the Fountain of Youth, include the other graded event winners: Rebel Stakes victor WIN WILLY, Tampa Bay Derby winner MUSKET MAN, Swale Stakes winner THIS ONES FOR PHIL and the multiple graded stakes winning filly JUSTWHISTLEDIXIE, who is on a five-race win streak.

Also added to the field are Santa Anita Derby hopefuls FEISTY SUANCES and MR. HOT STUFF, as well as BET ON VICTOR, HULL, HAMAZING DESTINY and SUMMER BIRD.

“We are overjoyed to add 11 more hopeful Thoroughbreds to our already highly list of prospects,” said Edward P. Seigenfeld, executive vice president of Triple Crown Productions, headquartered at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. “The additions of the latest graded stakes winners only enhances the roster of top-flight horses already nominated to America’s three classics.”

The first jewel of the Triple Crown – the 135th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs – will be run Saturday, May 2, followed by the 134th Preakness Stakes at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course on May 16 and the 141st Belmont Stakes on June 6 at New York’s Belmont Park.

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