By Dick Downey
The Downey Profile
A few odds and ends we noticed about the Triple Crown early nominations.
Too Experience and Watch Me Go, who ran two-three in yesterday's Grade III Sam F. Davis Stakes, were not early-nominated to the Triple Crown.
The top four finishers in the Grade III El Camino Real Derby were all nominated: Silver Medallion, Jakesam, Positive Response and, of course, Comma to the Top.
Quail Hill, third at 68-1 in the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes, was nominated.
Skylord, a $515,000 2-year-old-in-training purchase, very impressively won his debut last Summer at Saratoga, then he dropped off the worktab. Last November, he sold at Keeneland for $75,000. He hasn't put in a workout since Saratoga. He was nominated.
As pointed out in the Triple Crown press release, Godolphin didn't early-nominate a single horse. They will wait for the late-nomination deadline, March 26, which is the date of the Group 2 UAE Derby. That race will be run early in the day in the U. S., leaving Godolphin time to submit the paperwork and get their money paid--if they have anything to nominate.
Splash Point, winner of Thursday's Group 3 UAE 2000 Guineas, wasn't nominated by Sheik Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.
The Magnier-Tabor-Smith connections have a couple of 3-year-olds out there on our lists--Masterpiece and Lauburu. The former wasn't nominated, and the latter was.