Updated on 02/07/2012 6:26PM

Triple Crown nominations: Cyber Secret added to list


And then there were 398.

Three days after announcing that 397 3-year-olds were nominated to this year’s Triple Crown, that number was increased by one on Tuesday when Cyber Secret was added to the list of early nominees, which was originally released on Saturday. Cyber Secret was mistakenly left off the list because of a clerical error, according to a Churchill Downs press release.

Cyber Secret comes off an allowance victory Saturday at Oaklawn Park in which he earned a career-best 96 Beyer Figure, a 34-point increase from his previous outing. He is expected to make his next start in the Southwest Stakes later this month. He is trained by Lynn Whiting and owned by Oaklawn Park owner Charles Cella, who purchased Cyber Secret privately last year.

The 398 early nominees are a significant increase over last year’s total of 366. Those nominees were made eligible for a $600 fee that was due Jan. 21. Horses can still be nominated, but for $6,000 at a second deadline on March 24. There are usually about a dozen horses nominated at the second deadline.

This year’s Kentucky Derby is May 5 at Churchill Downs, with the Preakness at Pimlico on May 19, and the Belmont in New York on June 11. All three races will be televised by NBC Sports.