03/24/2015 1:36PM

Dubai Sky among 9 late nominees to Triple Crown

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Dubai Sky earned 50 qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby for his Spiral Stakes win.

Dubai Sky, the winner of last Saturday’s Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky, was one of nine horses nominated to the Triple Crown at the last deadline Monday night, according to Churchill Downs, the home of the Kentucky Derby.

The other late nominees are I Spent It, the winner of last year’s Saratoga Special; Gotham Stakes runner-up Tiz Shea D; two 3-year-olds trained by Todd Pletcher, Comfort and Two Weeks Off; Bridget’s Big Luvy, the winner of the $100,000 Private Terms at Laurel Park; two-time allowance winner Mr. Jordan; Divining Rod; and Pepper Roani.

The late nominees were required to pay $6,000 by midnight Monday to be eligible to run in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. The 20-horse field for the Derby is determined by the number of points that eligible runners have earned in designated stakes races leading up to the May 2 race, with purse earnings in non-restricted stakes races serving as a tiebreaker.

Despite having won three of his four career starts before the Spiral Stakes, including a stakes race at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 24, Dubai Sky was considered a longshot for the Triple Crown trail because of his preference for turf. The Spiral was run over Turfway’s artificial surface, and it earned Dubai Sky 50 points toward qualifying for the Derby field, good for seventh place on the current list of Derby eligibles. He is owned by Three Chimneys Farm and Besilu Stables.

Of the other late nominees, Tiz Shea D also is currently eligible to make the Derby field with 20 points.

A total of 429 horses were nominated to the Triple Crown by the first deadline, Jan. 29, when the nomination fee was $600. That number was 14 more than last year and 1.8 percent of the entire 2012 foal crop.

The overall total of 438 nominees is the largest since 2007 and 2008, when 460 horses were nominated to the Triple Crown. The 460 total is the record for the series.

StockPicker More than 1 year ago
Top 4 Dortmund Dubai Sky Carpe Diem Prospect Park
StockPicker More than 1 year ago
Love the way this horse took care of business in the Spiral. If you notice after he crossed the wire Lezcano had to strangle him down because he wanted to continue running. His sire could run on any surface. Very curious to see how he works at Churchill. Will most definitely be in my exacta box. Could be the remake of Animal Kingdom??
Glenn More than 1 year ago
Just to run in the Derby is an honor, but the responsible owner/trainer will pass if the horse doesn't belong there. Dubai Sky has earned it; not sure about some of these others. Kudos to the connections of Where's the Moon (2nd in the Sunland) for passing on the nomination with a horse which probably would qualify with the 20 points but just has no business running in the KD.
tommy More than 1 year ago
You need at least 30 points to secure the last spot in the derby!! If mr Z doesn't come first or 2nd at fair grounds derby, he will not qualify!!
tommy More than 1 year ago
I will use Dubai sky 3rd and 4 th in kentucky derby if he decides to run. I like lots of horses for 3rd and 4th and will use 8 horses on top in exacta and will use 6 on top in trifecta and then I will use 4 horses on top in superfecta and then will use top 3 long shots to win which I like and then will use a bunch in pick 3 !! I love my run on sentences and my ipad misspells the words I type !! What do you expect when it's made in China!!!
Walter More than 1 year ago
Years ago the Spiral was a prelude to another Derby prep. Too bad it is not anymore, it would give a more clear indication of this horse's ability on dirt if he could run again before the KD
Raymond Hackinson More than 1 year ago
A 6,000 late nomination fee is a pittance if the horses go on to win or even close in the triple crown races. You could borrow that amount on a credit card.
tommy More than 1 year ago
The horse owners should get a percentage on everyone who bet the horse in win place, show, and exacta because the horse is promoting the business !! If don't have popular horses, nobody will bet !!