After a dip in early nominations to the Triple Crown last year, the numbers came roaring back this year, with 397 3-year-olds -- led by champion 2-year-old colt Hansen -- announced on Saturday as nominees to the 2012 Triple Crown.
Nehro, who finished fourth in the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, came out of the race with a small chip in his right front ankle and will have surgery in Kentucky on Wednesday, owner Ahmed Zayat reported on Monday.
Birdrun, taking a page from the playbook Shackleford is likely to use on Saturday in the Belmont Stakes, led from start to finish going 1 1/2 miles at Belmont Park on Friday in the Grade 2, $150,000 Brooklyn Handicap for older horses.
Shackleford, who won the 136th Preakness Stakes on Saturday, came out of the race well, and his chances of running in the Belmont Stakes on June 11 are "better than 50-50," his trainer, Dale Romans, said Sunday morning here at Pimlico.
Led by Tampa Bay Derby winner Watch Me Go and Swift Warrior, a total of 13 horses have been made late nominees to the Triple Crown, it was announced Wednesday by Churchill Downs, home of the first leg of the Triple Crown, the May 7 Kentucky Derby.
Drosselmeyer came out of the Belmont well and now will target the Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 28, Elliott Walden, the racing manager for Drosselmeyer's owner, WinStar Farm, said Sunday morning at Belmont Park.
A thick blanket of fog enveloped Belmont Park on Thursday morning, but as the morning wore on, it lifted, a fitting symbol of what has transpired with the New York Racing Association as its signature event, the Belmont Stakes, neared.
Considering how well he ran on the front end when finishing second in the Preakness Stakes three weeks ago after drawing post 11, there is little doubt what the strategy will be for First Dude in the 142nd Belmont Stakes.
After finishing third in the Kentucky Derby, and then second in the Preakness Stakes, trainer Dale Romans is hoping he can finally get to the top in the last leg of the Triple Crown, the June 5 Belmont Stakes.
About a year ago at this time, few had ever heard of trainer Tim Ice. But he certainly made a name for himself the rest of 2009 with Summer Bird, who won the Belmont Stakes, Travers Stakes, and Jockey Club Gold Cup.