It is just over a month before the Kentucky Derby and still the contender picture remains unclear due to some poor performances in prep races and top contenders dropping out due to injury. The final nomination period closed with 14 addtional nominees at a cost of $6000 each. Godolphin Racing nominated its two runners who finished first and third in the UAE Derby: Blues and Royals and Parole Board. The only other outstanding late nomination was Bob Baffert's Sort It Out who won the Whirlaway at Aqueduct early in the year.
The late nomination period is the last chance to get your horse eligible to enter the Kentucky Derby for a reasonable cost. The early nominations, which closed on January 22, cost $600 and the late nominations, which closed on March 26, cost $6000. At this point, horses can still be supplemented to the Kentucky Derby for a $150,000 fee, or for the Preakness and/or Belmont for "only" $100,000. Entries to the Kentucky Derby are capped at 20 horses and if more than 20 enter, preference is given in order of their amount of graded stakes earnings. Additional fees are $15,000 to enter and $15,000 to start are due if you actually get in. There are no also eligibles taken for the Triple Crown races.
|B. B. Best||Yes Itís True||Eddie Plesa Jr.||Bea Oxenberg and Laurie Plesa|
|Blues and Royals||Honour and Glory||Saeed bin Suroor||Godolphin Racing|
|Bridge Loan||Giantís Causeway||Jeremy Noseda||Hesmonds Stud|
|Cat Shaker||Catienus||Craig Callis||William Callis|
|General John B||Sweetsouthernsaint||Roger Stein||Ross McLeod|
|Malibu Moonshine||Malibu Moon||King Leatherbury||Woodroow Marriott|
|Mighty Mecke||Mecke||Steve Klesaris||Puglisi Stables|
|Mr Sword||Rizzi||Jennifer Pedersen||Paraneck Stable|
|Parole Board||Dynaformer||Saeed bin Suroor||Godolphin Racing|
|Rikman||Storm Creek||Bill Mott||Peter Vegso|
|Sort It Out||Out of Place||Bob Baffert||Stonerside Stable and Preferred Pals Stable|
|Watchmon||Mariaís Mon||Patrick Reynolds||Paul Pompa Jr|
|Hello Jerry||Malibu Moon||Cathal Lynch||Cathal Lynch|
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