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Nine Late Triple Crown Nominations Led by Dubai Sky


By Dick Downey

Dubai Sky headlines the list of nine late Triple Crown nominations after capturing the Spiral Stakes on Saturday. The Bill Mott trainee ran his winning streak to four races in a field of 11 at Turfway Park.

The late nominations, which closed Monday night at 11:59 p.m. ET,  raised the overall total to 438. The Triple Crown’s early nomination phase had closed on Jan. 17 with 429 horses named at $600 each. Late nominations required a payment of $6,000.

Dubai Sky, a son of Candy Ride, won the Spiral by 2 1/4 lengths in his first start over a synthetic racing surface after he opened his career with four races going two turns on turf that included a win in the Kitten’s Joy Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The victory lifted his career record to 4-0-1 in five races and increased his earnings to $430,080.

Others on the late list, in alphabetical order, are:

Bridget’s Big Luvy, a son of Tiz Wonderful who won the Private Terms Stakess at Laurel Park last Saturday for trainer Jeremiah Englehart.

Comfort, a son of Indian Charlie who recently joined Todd Pletcher’s stable.

Divining Rod, a homebred son of Tapit who was third in the Tampa Bay Derby and runner-up in the Sam F. Davis Stakes for trainer Arnaud Delacour.

I Spent It, winner of the Saratoga Special last year but last in an allowance race at Oaklawn Park in his only outing of 2015.

The unbeaten Mr. Jordan, a two-time stakes winner in 2014 at Gulfstream Park West for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. who is returning to the races Friday after a long layoff.

Pepper Roani, runner-up in the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway Park for trainer Mike Maker. He was excluded from the Spiral Stakes due to insufficient earnings.

Mott also made Tiz Shea D eligible for the Triple Crown series. The lightly-raced son of Tiznow won his career debut in February at Parx before finishing second in the Gotham Stakes.

Two Weeks Off, also trained by Pletcher and last seen winning a maiden race at Saratoga in August. This makes 36 total nominations from the Pletcher barn.


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