From the Churchill Downs Media Team:
Frank Sumpter’s Sunland Park Derby (Grade III) winner Wild On Ice was among a dozen 3-year-olds that were made eligible to compete in the 2023 Triple Crown with a late $6,000 payment that was due Monday.
Wild On Ice, the 35-1 upset winner of the Sunland Park Derby, earned 50 points for his victory and his connections stated they could target the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) on Saturday, May 6.
The other late nominees (pending late mail): Middleham Park Racing’s Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition Stakes winner Brave Emperor (IRE); Adam Ference and Bill Dory’s El Camino Real Derby winner Chase the Chaos; John Salzman Jr., Fred Wasserloos and Anthony Geruso’s multiple stakes winnerCoffeewithchris; Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Westerberg and Jonathan Poulin’s Animal Kingdom Stakes winner Eye Witness; The Del Mar Group’s Sunland Park Derby third-place finisherHenry Q; Lucky Seven Stable’s maiden special weight winner and Arkansas Derby entrant Interlock Empire; Brereton Jones and Naber Racing’s maiden special weight winner and Arkansas Derby (GI) entrantKing Russell; Big Chief Racing’s recent $50,000 claim and Arkansas Derby entrant Kolomio; C2 Racing Stable’s maiden special weight winner and Florida Derby (GI) entrant Mr. Peeks; C2 Racing Stable and Stefania Farms maiden special weight winner and Florida Derby entrant Nautical Star; and LC Racing’s two-time stakes winner Ninetyprcentmaddie.
In total, there are now 381 eligible 3-year-olds eligible to compete in the Triple Crown series which consists of the Kentucky Derby, $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (GI) on May 20 and $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI) on June 10.
Any horse not nominated during the early or late phases can become Triple Crown eligible through a supplemental nomination payment due at the time of entry for each Triple Crown race: Kentucky Derby ($200,000), Preakness ($150,000) and Belmont ($50,000).
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