Victor Martinez nominates horse to Triple Crown series

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              FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez acknowledges the fans after hitting a single against the Kansas City Royals in a baseball game in Detroit. The former five-time All-Star baseball player paid $6,000 to nominate King Guillermo to the Triple Crown series. King Guillermo won the Tampa Bay Derby at 49-1 odds last weekend. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former five-time All-Star baseball player Victor Martinez paid $6,000 to nominate King Guillermo to the Triple Crown series.

King Guillermo won the Tampa Bay Derby at 49-1 odds last weekend.

Victoria’s Ranch, Martinez’s Florida-based racing operation, made the payment Tuesday.

As a result, King Guillermo stands fifth in qualifying points on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, which determines the 20-horse field for the May 2 race at Churchill Downs.

Horses not nominated to the Triple Crown series during either the early or late nomination phases can still become eligible by paying a supplemental fee due at entry time. The Derby fee is $200,000, the Preakness is $150,000 and the Belmont is $50,000.

The late nomination phase for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont stakes ends March 30.

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