A total of 360 3-year-olds were made eligible during the early nomination phase to compete in the classic races of the 2018 American Triple Crown, down from 419 nominated in 2017. This year’s nominees include 10 Maryland-breds, an increase from last year, and represent nine breeders.

Listed in alphabetical order are (with breeding, breeder, owner and trainer):

Achiever (dk.b./br.c., Bernardini—Nana Knows, by Gold Tribute); Robert T. Manfuso and Katharine M. Voss; Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC, Three Chimneys Farm LLC et al.; Steven M. Asmussen.

Clever Mind (b.c., Buffum—Two’s Cozy, by Cozzene); Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds LLC; Richard L. Golden; H. Graham Motion.

For Him (b.r., Violence—Diva Girl, by Saint Ballado); Alan S. Kline; Michael V. Lombardi; Michael Pender.

Global Citizen (dk.b./br.c., To Honor and Serve—Tizthen, by Tiznow); Sagamore Farm; same; Horacio DePaz.

Pitino (b.c., Union Rags—Alexandra Rylee, by Afleet Alex); The Elkstone Group LLC; Zedan Racing Stables Inc.; Doug F. O’Neill.

Route Six Six (b.c., Quality Road—Polyester, by Quality Road); Sagamore Farm; Jay Em Ess Stable; Brian J. Koriner.

Still Having Fun (b.c., Old Fashioned—Casual Kiss, by Dehere); Mr. and Mrs. Charles McGinnes and Tim Keefe; Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and Terp Racing LLC; Timothy L. Keefe.

Tattooed (dk.b./br.g., Etched—Tough Talkin Lady, by Oratory); Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Holt, Theodore Montuori and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Palumbo; same; Timothy L. Keefe.

V. I. P. Code (ch.c., City Zip—Oro Blanco, by Hold for Gold); Everest Stables Inc.; same; Phil Schoenthal.

Whereshetoldmetogo (ch.c., El Padrino—Undisputed Legend, by Domestic Dispute); David H. Wade; Black Cloud Stable LLC; Anthony Pecoraro.

Early nominations to the 2018 Triple Crown closed Jan. 20. Each nomination was accompanied by payment of a $600 fee to make the individual Thoroughbred eligible to compete in any or all of the Triple Crown contests. A late nomination period, which requires a payment of $6,000 for each nominated 3-year-old, is now underway and will continue through Monday, March 19. Read more

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Read executive director Cricket Goodall's Op-Ed in The Baltimore Sun here

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