Cause to Believe Heads Late Triple Crown Nominees
by Steve Haskin
Date Posted: 3/29/2006 12:47:27 PM
Last Updated: 3/29/2006 8:57:57 PM

Cause to Believe
Photo: Vassar Photography
Fourteen horses were announced as late nominees for the 2006 Triple Crown by Triple Crown Productions, at a cost of $6,000 each. The additions bring the total number of nominations to 440.

The number of late nominees matched last year's total, but the overall number of nominations is up substantially from 372 in 2005.

The nomination makes the horses eligible to the May 6 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) presented by Yum! Brands, May 20 Preakness (gr. I), and June 10 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

Heading the list of late nominees are California Derby (gr. III) winner Cause to Believe; Lane's End (gr. II) winner With a City; the undefeated Showing Up, who is scheduled to run in the Wood Memorial (gr. I); High Blues, who runs in Saturday's Florida Derby (gr. I); Malameeze, third in the Lane's End; and Sayhellotolarry, an Oaklawn allowance winner who likely will point for the Illinois Derby (gr. II).

Completing the list are Devilofarush, Double Galore, Kellers Church Road, Mister Triester, Nob Hill Deelite, Oh So Awesome, who was purchased by Team Valor with the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in mind; Sam's Ace, who runs in the Florida Derby; and Where's That Tiger.

Cause to Believe, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, has compiled six victories from nine starts, with three seconds, while racing mostly in Northern California. The son of Maria's Mon is being pointed toward the April 8 Illinois Derby (gr. II).

With a City, who was purchased privately by Equirace.com, upset the Lane's End Stakes at odds of 48-1 and will now go straight into the Kentucky Derby. Another Equirace.com-owned late nominee, Devilarush, will run next in the Illinois Derby.

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