There are only four late Triple Crown nominations this year, fewer than usual: Grumps Little Tots, Hoffa's Union, Joevia and Spun to Run.
Hoffa’s Union is a 15 1/2-length maiden winner at Laurel that created a lot of buzz. He is entered in Saturday’s Wood Memorial and is a recent purchase by Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable, Christopher Dunn, Rose Petal Stable and Foard Wilgis.
Also entered in the Wood Memorial are recent maiden winner Grumps Little Tots, owned by Michael Dubb, Coyle Boys Stable and Bethlehem Stable; and Private Terms Stakes runner-up Joevia, owned by Michael and Jeff Fazio.
Spun to Run is Robert Donaldson’s 7 1/4-length first-level allowance victor.
With 362 early nominations, there are now 366 horses eligible to participate in the Triple Crown’s three race series.
Three-year-olds not nominated to the Triple Crown now 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 fewer points or lesser qualifications in case of a tie.
By Dick Downey