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Black Onyx Tops Late Triple Crown Nominations

Thirteen horses nominated late to this year's Triple Crown races.

The roster of 3-year-olds eligible for the 2013 Triple Crown has grown to 382 with the addition of 13 late nominations (pending late mail) to the three-race series of American classic races that includes the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), the $1 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I), and the $1 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

The most accomplished of the late nominees is Sterling Racing's Black Onyx, winner of the March 23 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) for trainer Kelly Breen at Turfway Park.

Also among the late nominees are Sunrise Stables, Gary Tolchin, Aubrey Flanagan, and Bob Smith's Giant Finish, third in the Spiral for trainer Tony Dutrow; Undrafted, third in the Swale Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park for owner and National Football League star Wes Welker and trainer Wesley Ward; and the Al Stall Jr.-trained duo of Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Departing, winner of the $50,000 Texas Heritage Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park; and Brittlyn Stable Inc.'s Sunbean, whose three wins against state-bred competition in Louisiana include the Gentilly Stakes at Fair Grounds.

The deadline for late nominations to the Triple Crown was  March 23. A fee of $6,000 was required to add each horse to the overall list of 2013 Triple Crown-nominated horses.

Early nominations to the three-race series closed Jan. 26 with 369 horses eligible for the 2013 Triple Crown. A nomination fee of $600 was required for each horse to become eligible prior to the early deadline.

Other late nominees include Infinite Magic, a recent purchase by Team Valor International with two wins from five starts in Great Britain that include a recent 1 1/4-mile triumph over the all-weather surface at Lingfield; the Mike Maker-trained duo of maiden winners Brazilian Court and Wings of Fortune; Are You Kidding Me, runner-up in the Summer Stakes (Can-IIT) last year at Woodbine for trainer Roger Attfield; Erik the Red, a recent maiden winner for trainer Linda Rice at Aqueduct Racetrack; the Bruce Headley-trained Storm Fighter, a recent maiden winner at Santa Anita Park; Narvaez, who scored his second career victory in a dead-heat with early Triple Crown nominee Declan's Warrior  in a recent optional-claiming allowance race at Gulfstream; and Hip Four Sixtynine, who scored his first victory in seven races in a maiden race at Fair Grounds Feb. 23.

All of the late Triple Crown nominees are colts. Nine of the 13 were bred in Kentucky, with the others bred in California, Florida, Louisiana, and New York.

Graham Motion, who won the 2011 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom , is the trainer of Infinite Magic and now has seven nominees in his care. Maker's pair of late nominees also raised his overall total to seven, while Black Onyx is Breen's fifth nominee. 

Horses not nominated to the Triple Crown during either nomination phase will have a final opportunity to become eligible for the series through a supplemental nomination process. Those horses can become eligible for one or all of the Triple Crown races with the payment of a supplemental nomination fee at the time of entry of any of the three races.

A supplemental nominee is eligible to run in the remaining Triple Crown events after payment of the fee. A supplemental nomination at the time of entry to the Kentucky Derby requires a payment of $200,000, but preference is given to original nominees first. The supplemental fee is $100,000 if paid prior to either the Preakness or Belmont stakes.

The 2012 Triple Crown series attracted 398 early nominations. Twenty more horses were added during the late nomination phase, which brought total Triple Crown nominations for 2012 to 418. The final total was the largest since a record 460 nominations were received in 2007 and 2008.

Late Nominations to 2013 Triple Crown

Are You Kidding Me John Bates, Ron Kirk, Greg McDonald and Riordan, Shaw & Sones Roger Attfield
Black Onyx Sterling Racing Kelly Breen
Brazilian Court Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey Mike Maker
Departing Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider Al Stall Jr.
Erik the Red Lady Sheila Stable Linda Rice
Giant Finish Sunrise Stable, Gary Tolchin, Aubrey Flanagan and Bob Smith Anthony Dutrow
Hip Four Sixtynine J-LU LLC Bobby Barnett
Infinite Magic Team Valor International H. Graham Motion
Narvaez Stipa Racing Stable Inc. Agustin Bezara
Storm Fighter Golden Eagle Farm Bruce Headley
Sunbean Brittlyn Stable Inc. Al Stall Jr.
Undrafted Wes Welker Wesley Ward
Wings of Fortune Richard S. Reed, Tiffany Zammit and Quade, Bruce & Joyce Mike Maker