The unbeaten filly Madcap Escapade
is among 14 late nominations to the 2004 Visa Triple Crown and $5-million Visa Triple Crown Challenge.
The addition of the late nominations, for which a $6,000 fee was required before March 27, makes this year's total of 448 nominees the third largest overall since the birth of Triple Crown Productions in 1986.
In addition to Madcap Escapade, who won the Stonerside Forward Gal Stakes (gr. II) for trainer Frank Brothers and owner Bruce Lunsford, the list of late nominations includes recent graded stakes winners Sinister G
, upset winner of the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park, and Kilgowan
, surprising winner of the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III). Sinister G is owned by John T. Toscano III, Kim Corrado and Yamile Cariat, and trained by John T. Toscano Jr. Kilgowan runs under the colors of Ann Marie Farm for Northern California-based trainer Lonnie Arterburn.
With the addition of Madcap Escapade, a total of 10 fillies are among the Visa Triple Crown Challenge nominees.
Another late nominee trained by Brothers is Lazy Lane Farm's Quiet Hero
Three of the late nominees are trained by Niall O'Callaghan -- Ascertain
, owned by L.J. Dixon, Dr. Gene Voss and Mrs. S.K. Johnston; Call Me Shane
, owned by John W. McNulty and O'Callaghan; and Gamblin
, whose owner is Henry E. Pabst.
The other late nominees are:
- Mustanfar, runner-up in the grade III Tampa Bay Derby and owned by Shadwell Stable and trained by Kiaran P. McLaughlin;
- Little Matth Man, who finished third in the Lane's End for owner Vincent Papandrea and trainer Martin E. Ciresea;
- Humorously, owned by Oxbow Racing and trained by William P. White;
- Monocular, who is trained by Richard E. Dutrow for owner Lawrence P. Roman; Al and Sandee Kirkwood's Pure American, trained by Grant T. Forster;
- Song of the Sword, owned by Paraneck Stable and trained by Jennifer Pedersen; and
- Trieste's Honor, who runs for Gary Biszantz's Cobra Farm under the tutelage of trainer Mike Puype.
Sam F. Davis Stakes winner Kaufy Mate was initially listed as a late nominee, but that information was later corrected and he is not a nominee to the Visa Triple Crown Challenge.