Alwaysmining: One of the Midlantic Triple Crown Noms!
Seventeen horses bred in the mid-Atlantic region are among the 362 horses that have been nominated to the Triple Crown series. Early nomination cost the connections $600 per horse, while the next round, which closes April 1, will cost them $6,000.
The 362 runners nominated is two more than were nominated early in 2018. The series includes the Kentucky Derby on May 4, the Preakness Stakes May 18, and the Belmont Stakes June 8.
The roster of Midlantic-breds includes six from Maryland, six from Virginia, four from Pennsylvania, and one West Virginia-bred. Three of those horses are stakes winners, while two others are stakes-placed.
Alwaysmining: Yet a third Maryland-bred, this Stay Thirsty gelding finished his 2018 season with three consecutive victories, taking an allowance race at Laurel Park and then a pair of stakes, the Maryland Juvenile Futurity and Heft Stakes. He was bred by Avia Pitts and is trained by Kelly Rubley for Runnymede Racing LLC, which purchased him privately after his maiden score at Laurel. In all, he has four wins and $191,192 in earnings from nine career races.
The Racing Biz by Frank Vespe