01/04/2007 12:00AM

Triple Crown seeks nominees

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Early nominations for the Triple Crown, which starts with the 133rd running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5, close on Jan. 20. The fee is $600.

Nominations can be made through the mail, by telephone at either (800) 928-3372 or (502) 638-3810, online at www.thetriplecrownchallenge.com, or in person with representatives of Triple Crown Productions.

Triple Crown representatives will be California starting Saturday. Among them will be Ed Seigenfeld, executive vice president of Triple Crown Productions; Don Richardson, senior vice president of Churchill Downs Inc.; and Gene Williams, media coordinator for Triple Crown Productions. In Florida, Ben Huffman, director of racing of Churchill Downs, will be joined by P.J. Campo, director of racing for the New York Racing Association; Wendy Pensivy, stakes coordinator for the Maryland Jockey Club; as well as Seigenfeld and Richardson. Huffman will also be taking nominations in New Orleans. At Oaklawn Park, nominations will be taken by Sandy Montgomery.

From Jan. 21-March 31, late nominations to the classics will be accepted for a fee of $6,000 per horse.