John C. Oxley’s Flameaway, the winner of the Sam F. Davis Stakes, leads a group of 10 late-nominated to the 2018 Triple Crown with a late $6,000 payment that was due Monday. There are now 370 horses eligible to participate in the Triple Crown’s three race series.
The new nominees are:
All Out Blitz (trained by Simon Callaghan; owned by Kaleem Shah Inc.);
Arawak (Doug O’Neill; Steve Keh, CTR Stable LLC, R 3 Racing and Calara Farms);
Blended Citizen (O’Neill; Say Jay Racing and Greg Hall);
Determinant (Mark Casse; John Oxley);
Flameaway (Casse; Oxley);
Gold Town (Charlie Appley, Godolphin);
Making a Marc (Louie Roussel III; Ronald M. Lamarque and Roussel);
Prince Lucky (Todd Pletcher; Daniel McConnell);
Runaway Ghost (Todd Fincher; Joe R. Peacock);
Yulong Warrior (Satish Seemar; Mr. Charnesh Kapoor and Mr. Nirav)
Flameaway is versatile with victories on dirt, turf and synthetic surfaces. He most recently finished second behind Quip in the Tampa Bay Derby and is targeting the April 7 Blue Grass at Keeneland.
Gold Town (GB) romped by 10 1/2 lengths in the Feb. 15 UAE Guineas, and Yulong Warrior was an 11 1/2-length victor in the March 10 Al Bastakiya. They are expected to meet in the UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse on March 31.
Blended Citizen and Arawak finished first and third, respectively in Saturday’s Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park, and the latter was relocated to O’Neill’s barn after the race after previously being trained by Wesley Ward.
Runaway Ghost, runner-up in the Feb. 25 Mine That Bird Derby, is expected to enter Sunday’s Sunland Derby along with Pennsylvania-bred Prince Lucky, who was recently transferred from trainer Larry Jones to Todd Pletcher. At this post, it isn't known whether both will be in the body of the field.
All Out Blitz, the runner-up finisher in the Sham Stakes and third-place finisher in the Feb. 10 San Vicente, is in training at Santa Anita and has also been mentioned for the Sunland Derby.
Determinant broke his maiden on March 10 with a 1 3/4-length triumph over 1 1/8 miles on turf at Gulfstream Park.
Making a Marc is entered in a two-turn maiden special weight at Fair Grounds on Saturday.
Yulong Warrior is unraced.
Three-year-olds that were not nominated to the Triple Crown during either the early or late nomination phases have a final opportunity to become eligible for the races through payment of a supplemental nomination fee due at the time of each race’s entry: the Kentucky Derby ($200,000), Preakness Stakes ($150,000) and Belmont Stakes ($50,000). Supplemental nominees for the Kentucky Derby are treated the same as original nominees. 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.
Edited Churchill Downs release with additional content by Dick Downey