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Late Derby Nominations Deadline Looms


The deadline for owners and trainers to make their 3-year-olds eligible to compete in the Triple Crown expires just before midnight ET on Monday, March 23.

The late nomination period opened on Jan. 18 and closes 11:59 p.m. with payment of a $6,000 fee.

A total of 429 horses were nominated to the Triple Crown during the early nomination period, which required payment of a $600, an increase of 15 from 2014. The 414 early nominations in 2014 was a 12.2 percent increase over the 369 horses made eligible during that phase in 2013.

Ten horses were nominated during the 2014 late nomination period for a final total of 424, the largest since a record 460 horses were nominated to the Triple Crown in 2008.

Three-year-olds not nominated for the Triple Crown have one more opportunity to become eligible through the 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 once that fee is paid. 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.

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