Triple Crown noms include 10 bred in Mid-Atlantic
Ournationonparade won the Maryland Million Nursery. Photo by Laurie Asseo.
The 347 Triple Crown nominees whose names were announced earlier this week include 10 bred in the Midlantic.
That total of 347 three-year-olds was down from 362 a year ago. The list includes Eclipse champion two-year-old colt Storm the Court and a roster of others ranging from Airstream to Zimba Warrior.
Those bred in the Mid-Atlantic include six Maryland-breds, three horses bred in Virginia, and one bred in Pennsylvania.
Of those, three are stakes winners. That list includes Monday Morning Qb; the Butch Reid trainee won the Heft Stakes at Laurel Park and then was fourth in the Grade 3 Withers.
Also on the list are a pair of horses who won Maryland-restricted stakes. Laddie Liam, then trained by Hugh McMahon, won the Maryland Juvenile Futurity in December at Laurel, while Ournationonparade, then trained by Bernie Houghton, took the Maryland Million Nursery in October.
Laddie Liam, owned by Joe Besecker when he won the Juvenile Futurity, subsequently was sold at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale for a hefty $450,000. New owners D J Stable have him training at Belmont Park.
Ournationonparade headed to Gulfstream Park following his Maryland Million victory and has posted four works over that strip since the beginning of 2020.
Six of the 10 Midlantic nominees were sired by regional sires. That includes two sons of exciting young sire Golden Lad (Laddie Liam and Mine Not Mine), as well as sons of Bourbon Courage, Imagining, Cal Nation, and Smarty Jones.
More nationally known sires represented include Uncle Mo, Pioneerof the Nile, Hard Spun, and Bayern. Four of the nominees are still maidens, while only two — Laddie Liam and Monday Morning Qb — have won more than one race.
MIDLANTIC-BRED TRIPLE CROWN NOMINEES
|HORSE||STATE BRED||BREEDER||OWNER||TRAINER||RACE RECORD||SIRE|
|Double Crown||MD||Dr. & Mrs. Tom Bowman and Rebecca Davis||Debbie Rhodes||Lacey Gaudet||1: 1-0-0|
|Laddie Liam||MD||Hillwood Stables LLC||D J Racing||5:3-0-2||Golden Lad|
|Mine Not Mine||MD||Robert T. Manfuso||Charles Zacney||2:1-0-0||Golden Lad|
|Monday Morning Qb||MD||Bowman & Higgins Stable and Cary Frommer||Cash Is King LLC and LC Racing Inc.||Robert Reid, Jr.||4:2-1-0||Imagining|
|Ournationonparade||MD||John E. Williamson, III||Reeves Racing LLC||Bernie Houghton||2:1-1-0||Cal Nation|
|Prodigious Bay||MD||Bluegrass Farm Partners Inc.||John Cella and Louis Cella||Ron Moquett||1:0-0-1||Bayern|
|Dreams Untold||PA||Pat Chapman||Someday Farm||John Servis||2:1-0-1||Smarty Jones|
|Attachment Rate||VA||Mr. & Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin||Jim Bakke and Gerry Isbister||Dale Romans||2:0-1-0||Hard Spun|
|Centurion||VA||Jim FitzGerald, Katie FitzGerald, and Manganaro LLC||Centennial Farms||Jimmy Jerkens||2:0-0-0|
Pioneerof the Nile
|Gimme Some Mo||VA||Jim FitzGerald & Katie FitzGerald||Starlight Racing||Todd Pletcher||2:0-1-0||Uncle Mo|
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