New Deadline Not Set
The late Triple Crown nomination deadline has been extended by agreement between Churchill Downs, Maryland Jockey Club and the New York Racing Association.
The original deadline was tomorrow, Monday, March 30. The new deadline hasn't been determined.
On March 17, Churchill Downs canceled the May 2 date for the 2020 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve and reset it to Sept. 5. Dates for the other two legs of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, are up in the air.
Officials with the Maryland Jockey Club and New York Racing Association are continuing discussions with state and local governments and all appropriate parties, including NBC Sports. The original -- and as-yet still scheduled -- dates for the two events are May 16 and June 6.
When all three Triple Crown dates appear to be firm, a late Triple Crown nomination closing date will be announced, according to Churchill Downs.
Late nominations cost $6,000 via a payment on www.thetriplecrown.com or by calling the Churchill Downs Racing Office at (502) 638-3825.
A total of 347 horses were nominated for $600 to this year’s Triple Crown during the early phase, which closed Jan. 25.
By Dick Downey