Edited press release
Florida Derby (gr. I) winner Quality Road headlines a list of 11 late nominees to Thoroughbred racing’s 2009 Triple Crown. The deadline for late nominees, at a fee of $6,000, passed Saturday at midnight.
Added to the 401 prospects that were nominated during the early sign-up period that closed Jan. 24, when the fee was $600 per nominee, the total number of nominees this year is 412
The first leg of the Triple Crown – the 135th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at Churchill Downs – will be run Saturday, May 2, followed by the 134th Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course on May 16 and the 141st Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 6 at New York’s Belmont Park.