Names Include Thunder Snow, Parlor
Godolphin’s Thunder Snow (IRE), a leading contender in the UAE Derby, has been late-nominated to the Triple Crown series along with five other horses. The late nominees raised total nominations to 425, pending late mail.
The Saeed bin Suroor-trained Thunder Snow is the most accomplished of the late Triple Crown nominees. His stakes triumphs – a 5 3/4-length victory in his dirt debut in the UAE 2000 Guineas and a five-length victory over soft turf at Saint-Cloud – have come in his past two starts. The son of the Australian sire Helmet has a career record of 3-2-0 in seven races with earnings of $427,692. Thunder Snow is scheduled to face 15 rivals in Saturday’s UAE Derby at Meydan.
The other late nominees to the Triple Crown are:
-- Brad Anderson’s Parlor, a winner of two of three races – all on turf – for trainer Eddie Kenneally. His lone setback was a close runner-up finish in the Kentucky Juvenile in September at Kentucky Downs. Parlor is scheduled to compete in Saturday’s Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park.
-- Mark Stanley’s Hollywood Handsome, a son of Tapizar with one win in six career races for trainer Dallas Stewart;
-- Manning Kingdom Stable’s new acquisition More Than Words, a Kentucky-bred son of More Than Ready that raced as a juvenile in Peru and is now at Keeneland with trainer Charlie LoPresti.
-- Greco Racing Stable and Michael Cloonan’s Rapid Dial, an Ingrid Mason-trained son of Dialed In that scored an easy victory in his lone start at Oaklawn Park on March 11;
-- Roddy Valente’s homebred Stretch’s Stone, a New York-bred son of Bustin Stones that has collected victories for trainer Bruce Levine in two of his three career starts.
A late nomination to the Triple Crown requires a payment of $6,000. The early nomination period closed Jan. 14 and required payment of $600.
Three-year-olds not nominated to the Triple Crown have a final opportunity to become eligible for the races through payment of a supplemental nomination fee. Due at the time of entry for either the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness or the Belmont Stakes, the supplemental fee process makes a horse eligible for the remainder of the Triple Crown series. A supplemental nomination at the time of entry to the Kentucky Derby requires payment of $200,000. The fee is $150,000 if paid prior to the Preakness or $75,000 at time of entry to the Belmont Stakes.
Supplemental nominees for the Kentucky Derby are given the same priority as original nominees -- that is to say, if one or more supplemental nominees possess sufficient “Road to the Kentucky Derby” points to qualify for the Derby field, they will be allowed to start over original nominees that possess lesser qualifications.
By Dick Downey with content from Churchill Downs