The Preakness uses a three-tiered process to decide who can get in the field if more than 14 are entered. Horses not already nominated to the Triple Crown can be supplemented for cost a of $150,000, but apparently they come last in priority behind any horse already nominated. Conquest Mo Money would fall into that category this year!
Tier #1 – The first seven positions are determined by graded stakes earnings as in the Derby.
Tier #2– The next four slots are given to the top lifetime earners in non-restricted races, so any earnings from restricted races would be subtracted from their total earnings.
Tier #3 – The final three positions are given to the horses with the most lifetime earnings regardless of the type of race, open or restricted.
If there are any ties, they will draw lots from the tied horses to pick who gets in the race. Also, no horse who earns purse money in The Kentucky Derby (which is the first 5 finishers) will be denied the opportunity to start in the Preakness.
This coming Saturday, 03/08/17, the wild scramble for Kentucky Derby Points will reach its climax with “the” biggest Derby Trail Championship day of 3yo racing here in the 2017 Derby Prep season, as 3 big grand finale 3yo races at Aqueduct in the GII Wood Memorial Stakes, Keeneland’s GI Toyota Blue Grass Stakesand finally the GI Santa Anita Derby out at Santa Anita Park are quickly coming into sharp focus now!
So, we’ve gathered up the Free Nominations PP’s for each race and some probable star runners in each race for your perusal!