Triple crown horse racing

Triple crown horse racing

source: nytimes.com

The 2015 Triple Crown list of nominations is ready, these are horses that will be competing in the three Crown jewels: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes.

Click here to view the complete list: http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/triple-crown/nominations#ixzz3RvIhoKrR

The 2015 Triple Crown races will be taken place on:

  • May 2: 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville
  • May 16: 140th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore
  • June 6: 147th Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

The lure of the American classics continues to trump the contraction of the Thoroughbred population as a total of 429 3-year-olds make up the early nominees to compete in the 2015 Triple Crown races.

While the Thoroughbred foal crop has seen marked declines since 2008, this year’s number of early nominees represents a 3.6 percent increase over last year’s early total and the most since 460 were nominated in 2008. It marks the second straight year the number of early nominees has risen with last year’s total representing a 11.9 percent increase over 2013.

This year’s 429 early nominees to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes also represent a record 1.8 percent of the 2012 North American foal crop, which was estimated at 23,500 Thoroughbreds.

As was the case a year ago, seven-time Eclipse Award winner Todd Pletcher leads all trainers with 34 early nominees including the Grade I-winning trio of Carpe Diem, Competitive Edge and Daredevil.

Juvenile champion American Pharaoh is one of 15 nominees trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who has nine Triple Crown wins. Also among Baffert’s nominees is Kaleem Shah’s unbeaten Dortmund, winner of the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity.

Willis Horton’s Take Charge Brandi, the reigning champion 2-year-old filly, is among the 11 fillies nominated along with fellow Grade I winner Condo Commando. The roster of 2015 Triple Crown-eligible horses includes 379 colts, 30 geldings, 11 fillies and nine ridglings. Of the 429 early nominees, 409 were bred in the United States and 323 of that number, or 75 percent, were foaled in Kentucky.

Historic Calumet Farm, the all-time leader in Triple Crown victories with 18, is the nomination leader among owners after making 15 horses eligible. Leading breeders are Darley and WinStar Farm, with 11 each. source: kentucky.com

California Chrome

California Chrome

source: NYpost.com

One of the names that stands above the rest is the young colt California Chrome that last year won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes also picked up two Eclipse Awards at Gulfstream Park on Saturday night, including horse of the year — the biggest prize, one that would have figured to be unthinkable for the offspring of an $8,000 mare and $2,500 stallion.

California Chrome also won the Eclipse for 3-year-old males, getting more than three times the first-place nods that went to Breeders’ Cup Classic champion Bayern.

California Chrome’s bid to become the sport’s first Triple Crown winner since 1978 was foiled in the Belmont Stakes when he finished tied for fourth, but his year was still an unmistakable success with just over $4 million in earnings and six wins in nine starts.

Bayern was also up for the horse-of-the-year award, as was Main Sequence — who went 4-for-4 in 2014, all on turf.  source: http://espn.go.com/

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