Hoffa’s Union Leads Four Late Triple Crown Nominees


Hoffa’s Union | MJC/Jim McCue

The connections of four 3-year-old males made their horses eligible for the 2019 Triple Crown by making a $6,000 payment at the close of the supplemental nomination period that closed Monday, Apr. 1.

Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable, Christopher Dunn, Rose Petal Stable and Foard Wligis’ Hoffa’s Union (Union Rags) is easily the most promising of the quartet. The bay gelding has but one racetrack appearance under his belt, a monstrous, front-running 15 1/2-length victory going a mile and a sixteenth at Laurel Park. Hoffa’s Union has been entered for Saturday’s GII Wood Memorial S. at Aqueduct.

Two of the other three late nominees are also scheduled to take part in the Wood–Grumps Little Tots (Sky Mesa) has not missed the top three in any of his four appearances, including an 8 1/2-length graduation at the Big A Feb. 18, while Joevia (Shanghai Bobby), a close second to Haikal (Daaher) in the Feb. 9 Jimmy Winkfield S., comes into the Wood off a runner-up effort to the impressive Alwaysmining (Stay Thirsty) in the Private Terms S. at Laurel Mar. 16.

Spun to Run (Hard Spun), a recent 7 1/4-length allowance winner at Parx Mar. 23, is the last of the newly added foursome.


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