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Cal-bred among record number of Triple Crown nominations


February 12, 2007     E-mail this page to a friend!

A record total of 450 three-year-olds, including five fillies, have been nominated to the Triple Crown Thoroughbred racing series. The nominations make the horses eligible for the 2007 series, which begins with the May 5 running of the Kentucky Derby.

Notional, a bay colt by In Excess and bred by Vessels Stallion Farm in Bonsall, CA, is one of the horses nominated. John Paul Reddam is the colt’s owner, and Doug O’Neill the current trainer.

Notional appeared as a single-horse betting interest in the first of three Kentucky Derby futures pools, which closed Sunday, February 11. He opened at odds of 15-to-1, but was bet up to 27-to-1 during the four days of futures wagering.

Notional is the only horse bred in the West to be listed as an individual betting choice on the 24-entry futures pool.

The “all others” choice closed as the favorite, at odds of 5-to-2. That choice represents the 427 horses that were not individual entries in the first pool. Nobiz Like Shobiz closed at the lowest odds for the 23 single-horse entries, at 8-to-1.

Bettors who hold a ticket on Notional have to be encouraged by their choice’s performance this weekend. With jockey Robby Albarado aboard, Notional won the Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds by 2¼ lengths. That makes his record three wins in five starts.