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It is just over a month before the Kentucky Derby and the final nomination period closed with six additional nominees at a cost of $6000 each. Added to the 419 nominated in the early period, this brings the total number nominated up to 425.
The most accomplished of the horses on the list is Thunder Snow, winner of the 2017 UAE Derby (G1) at Meydan today. The Saeed bin Suroor-trained is the most accomplished of the late Triple Crown nominees with wins in the UAE 2000 Guineas and on the turf at Saint-Cloud in his two prior starts. The son of the Australian sire Helmet has a career record of 3-2-0 in seven races with earnings of $427,692.
The other late nominees are:
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 in January, cost $600 and the late nominations, which closed on March 24, cost $6000. At this point, horses can still be supplemented to the Kentucky Derby for a $200,000 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 Road to the Derby points earned. Additional fees are $25,000 to enter and $25,000 to start are due if you actually get in. In addition, there are two also eligibles taken for the Kentucky Derby. You can find out the details of all the costs involved to nominate and enter here.
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