A diverse group of eight Virginia-breds were among the 364 nominees to the Triple Crown. In alphabetical order, the Old Dominion hopefuls are B.F. Byrd, Complete Dyno, Dance City, Dominus, Free Entry, Indian Knight, Mac’s Surprise and Roman Classic.
Among the Virginia-bred field, Gary and Mary West’s Free Entry appears to be the leading candidate to find a Triple Crown starting gate with two Gulfstream Park wins in his three starts. In his first start, the Tale of Cat sired colt ran fourth to current Kentucky Derby favorite Uncle Mo at Saratoga. Free Entry was bred by Corner Farm (Jill Gordon Moore and Dr. Ned "Carlos" Moore) and Raul Lottero and trained by Chad Brown.
Dance City is owned and bred by the Estate of Edward P. Evans and recently broke his maiden at a mile and an eighth at Gulfstream Park. The City Zip three year old is out of Ballet Colony by Pleasant Colony.
The remaining Virginia-breds nominees are sired by a diverse group of stallions such as Birdstone (B.F. Bird), Dynaformer (Complete Dyno), Smart Strike (Dominus trained by Steve Asmussen), Indian Charlie (India Knight trained by Bob Baffert), Stormy Atlantic (Mac’s Surprise) and Roman Ruler (Audley Farm’s Roman Classic trained by Barclay Tagg).