With no graded races for 3-year-olds over the Feb. 24-25 weekend, champion filly Dreaming of Anna remained at the top of the list in graded stakes earnings among horses nominated to the Triple Crown during the early nomination period.
Earnings in graded stakes will be used to determine the 20-horse starting field for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) if more than 20 are entered for the May 5 classic.
Owned and bred by Frank Calabrese, Dreaming of Anna has won four of five career starts and earned a total of $1,277,240. In her first start of 2007, the filly finished third to Dream Rush in the Old Hat Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Feb. 10.
Street Sense, the 2006 champion 2-year-old male trained by Carl Nafzger for owner Jim Tafel, is close behind Dreaming of Anna, with graded earnings of $1,152,000.
The majority of the graded earnings for Dreaming of Anna and Street Sense came in their respective victories in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) and Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I), for which each earned $1,080,000.
The accompanying chart shows Triple Crown nominees by leaders in graded earnings, according to Equibase earnings processed by The Blood-Horse. The graded earnings include racing results for North America through Feb. 26, 2007, plus results from England, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, and the United Arab Emirates.