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Triple Crown nominations spike

Updated: February 4, 2012, 7:04 PM ET
By Jay Privman | Daily Racing Form

After a dip in early nominations to the Triple Crown last year, the numbers came roaring back this year, with 397 3-year-olds -- led by champion 2-year-old colt Hansen -- announced on Saturday as nominees to the 2012 Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes.

The 397 early nominees is a significant increase over last year's total of 366, which was the second-lowest number in a decade. It is the largest since 2009, when 412 were nominated. While this marks the ...

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