04/01/2002 12:00AM

10 nominated to Triple Crown


Medaglia d'Oro, the San Felipe Stakes winner, and the top filly Take Charge Lady were among 10 3-year-olds made eligible to the Triple Crown by the midnight Saturday deadline, Triple Crown Productions announced on Monday.

The owners of the 10 who were made eligible by Saturday had to pay a fee of $6,000. A total of 405 horses were made eligible to the Triple Crown at the first deadline, in January, when the cost was just $600.

Ken McPeek trains Take Charge Lady as well as the top male Kentucky Derby prospects Harlan's Holiday and Repent. Take Charge Lady is scheduled to make her next start in Saturday's Ashland Stakes at Keeneland. If she runs in the Kentucky Derby, it would be her first start against males.

Others nominated for $6,000 this past weekend were Buddha, an impressive allowance winner at Gulfstream Park who next faces Medaglia d'Oro in the Wood Memorial on April 13; the Nick Zito-trained pair of American Style and Straight Gin; It'sallinthechase, who finished third in the Louisiana Derby; Tails of the Crypt, the Tampa Bay Derby runner-up; Lusty Latin, who runs in Saturday's Santa Anita Derby; and two from Bill Mott's barn, Laissezaller and Yankee Gentleman.