Empirestrikesfast Added to Late Triple Crown Nominees

March 29, 2023

Empirestrikesfast strikes and scores on debut at Gulfstream Park March 11 (Coglianese)

Churchill Downs Press Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Pin Oak Stud’s Empirestrikesfast has been added to the list of late Triple Crown nominations after a clerical error was discovered. The connections paid the $6,000 before Monday’s deadline but the colt’s name was omitted from the list of 12 others published on Tuesday.

Trained by Bill Mott, Empirestrikesfast broke his maiden on March 11 at Gulfstream Park.

The son of Empire Maker joins fellow late Triple Crown nominees Brave Emperor (IRE), Chase the Chaos, Coffeewithchris, Eye Witness, Henry Q, Interlock Empire, King Russell, Kolomio, Mr. Peeks, Nautical Star, Ninetyprcntmaddie and Wild On Ice.

In total, there are now 382 eligible 3-year-olds to compete in the Triple Crown series which consists of the Kentucky Derby, $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (GI) and $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI).

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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