Deadline extended indefinitely for US Triple Crown nominations

Deadline extended indefinitely for US Triple Crown nominations

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The final deadline to nominate horses for the Triple Crown series is being extended indefinitely because of the coronavirus. The original date for nominations was yesterday (Monday, March 30).

The extension was agreed upon by officials at Churchill Downs, Maryland Jockey Club and New York Racing Association.

The Kentucky Derby has been pushed back from May 2 to September 5.

Maryland and New York racing officials are continuing discussions to decide when the Preakness and Belmont stakes will be run. The Preakness is scheduled for May 16 and the Belmont for June 6.

When the Triple Crown dates are settled, a deadline for late nominations will be announced.

Any three-year-olds not made eligible at a cost of US$600 during the early nomination phase will be able to be nominated for US$6,000.

A total of 347 horses were nominated during the early phase that closed on January 25. Justify trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, was the last winner of the US Triple Crown.


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