Ten horses—eight males and two females—are late nominees to the 2008 Triple Crown.
The deadline for late nominations was March 29 at a cost of $6,000. The 10 late nominees ran the overall total for this year’s Triple Crown races to 459, one below the record of 460 set in 2007.
The late nominees are Godolphin Racing’s Barrier Reef; John T.L. Jones’ Big Glen; Bernard and Bea Oxenberg’s Hey Byrn; Jazz in the Park, owned by James Metzger’s Russata Stable; Super Horse Inc.’s Kinsale King; B. Wayne Hughes’ My Pal Charlie; Charlotte Weber’s Rosso Corsa; Peachtree Stable’s Spurrier; and the two fillies, Fox Hill Farm’s Eight Belles and Brereton Jones’ Proud Spell.
The early period for nominations closed Jan. 19, when the fee was $600 per horse. The total number of nominations brings nomination fees to $329,400, which means each of the three racetracks will receive $109,800 in purse money for their respective Triple Crown races.
The Triple Crown begins with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs May 3, followed by the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 17 and the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) June 7.