Originally created 03/31/04

Sinister G, Madcap Escapade top list of late Triple Crown nominations



LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The surprise winner of a Kentucky Derby prep race and an unbeaten filly were among 15 late Triple Crown nominations announced Tuesday.

Sinister G, a 16-1 shot, won the Grade II Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park on March 20, upsetting highly regarded Birdstone. Sinister G is trained by John Toscano Jr. and owned by Robert Toscano and John Toscano III, both sons of the trainer, and family friends Kim Corrado and Yamile Carlat.

The colt is 3-2-1 in eight starts, the first seven in New York. His last win before the Lane's End Stakes was in an allowance race in January at Aqueduct. Sinister G's next race probably will be in either the Grade I Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 10 or the Grade II Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 17.

Madcap Escapade, another late nominee, is a filly who has won all three of her starts. Her last win came by 4 3/4 lengths in the Grade II Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 13. Owned by Bruce Lunsford and trained by Frank Brothers, Madcap Escapade is one of 10 fillies nominated for the Triple Crown races.

Another late stakes-winning nominee was Kilgowan, who won the Grade III El Camino Real Derby on March 13 at Golden Gate Fields in California.

The other 12 late nominees are Quiet Hero, Ascertain, Call Me Shane, Gamblin, Kaufy Mate, Mustanfar, Little Matth Man, Humorously, Monocular, Pure American, Song Of The Sword and Trieste's Honor.

Three of those horses - Ascertain, Call Me Shane and Gamblin - are trained by Niall O'Callaghan.

Owners paid $6,000 each for their nominations. The 434 horses nominated earlier for the Triple Crown races cost their owners $600 apiece.