The connections of 10 horses have added their names to the Triple Crown mix by making late nominations, costing $6,000 each. That brings the total number of nominations to 424, the largest since 2008’s record haul of 460.
Two of the 10 newcomers were bred in the mid-Atlantic region.
New Jersey-bred Charleymillionaire owns three wins and three other in-the-money finishes from seven career starts; he’s earned $116,300. Bred and owned by Red Oak Stable and trained by Gregory Sacco, Charleymillionaire most recently scored a neck victory in a one-mile allowance race at Parx Racing, defeating another Triple Crown nominee — Undertaker — in the process. Charleymillionaire has been stakes-placed twice, running second to Flay Mignon in the Jersey Juvenile for state-breds and, more recently, third in the Jimmy Winkfield at Aqueduct
Charleymillionaire is a son of Sky Mesa out of the stakes-winning Carson City mare Casino Transaction.
The other nominee, Twenty Percent, made his debut a winning one on Saturday. taking a maiden special weight sprint by 3 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita. Bred in Maryland by Mr. and Mrs. Charles McGinnes, Twenty Percent is trained by Doug O’Neill for owners Neil Haymes, Dave Kenney, and Wonderland Racing Stables.
Twenty Percent is a son of Dixie Union out of the stakes-winning Shelter Half mare Cranberry Muffin.
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