Based on a Churchill Downs release
Bridget’s Big Luvy, the Maryland-bred Tiz Wonderful colt who won this past Saturday’s Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park, is among nine late nominees to the Triple Crown series.
Others on the list include Grade 3 Spiral Stakes winner Dubai Sky, Grade 2 Saratoga Special winner I Spent It, and trainer Eddie Plesa’s undefeated Mr. Jordan.
Trained by Jeremiah Englehart, Bridget’s Big Luvy scored a solid 2 1/2-length score in the $100,000 Private Terms, a 1 1/8 mile test for sophomores. In his first try around two turns, Bridget’s Big Luvy took command early under jockey Angel Cruz, opening a three-length lead after an opening quarter mile in 24 1/5 seconds. Bodhisattva chased willingly — but futilely — and was second throughout.
Bridget’s Big Luvy was bred in Maryland by David and JoAnn Hayden’s Dark Hollow Farm. He is out of the Dixie Union mare Memories of Mystic and is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Mystic Love.
Bridget’s Big Luvy broke his maiden over the slop at Belmont Park last October — both of his wins to date have come over sealed tracks rated muddy — but his stakes debut, in the Grade 3 Hutcheson at Gulfstream Park, resulted in a distant fifth-place finish after a tough trip.
Purchased by Tom O’Grady for $175,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Eastern Fall Yearlings Sale in 2013, Bridget’s Big Luvy has won two of five career starts and earned more than $125,000.
The nine late nominations bring to 438 the total number of nominees to the three-race series, which starts on the first Saturday in May with the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby. Two weeks later comes the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, and the series concludes three weeks after that with the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes.
Horses may still be nominated to the series, with the payment of a supplemental nomination at the time of entry for any of the three races. The supplemental fee is $200,000 prior to the Derby, $150,000 prior to the Preakness, and $75,000 prior to the Belmont.
- Bridget’s Big Luvy (tr. Jeremiah Englehart)
- Comfort (tr. Todd Pletcher)
- Divining Rod (tr. Arnaud Delacour)
- Dubai Sky (tr. Bill Mott)
- I Spent It (tr. Anthony Dutrow)
- Mr. Jordan (tr. Eddie Plesa)
- Pepper Roani (tr. Mike Maker)
- Tiz Shea D (tr. Bill Mott)
- Two Weeks Off (tr. Todd Pletcher)