- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

LOUISVILLE, KY. (AP) - Florida Derby winner Quality Road is one of 11 late nominations to the Triple Crown races.

Quality Road owner Edward Evans’ Spring Hill Farm gladly ponied up a $6,000 late nominating fee to make his 3-year-old colt eligible for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Trained by Jimmy Jerkens, Quality Road is considered one of the top contenders for the Derby on May 2. The colt also won the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

A total 401 3-year-olds were nominated to the Triple Crown races in January. The fee was $600 fee. The late nominating period ended Saturday.

Other late nominees include Rebel Stakes winner Win Willy, Tampa Bay Derby winner Musket Man, Swale Stakes winner This One’s for Phil and the filly Justwhistledixie.

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