Early nominations for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds to become eligible to the 2021 Triple Crown series are due Saturday, Jan. 23 with a $600 payment.

Nominations can be made online at www.TheTripleCrown.com or by calling the Churchill Downs Racing Office at (502) 638-3825. Information regarding nomination forms to be mailed can also be found on www.TheTripleCrown.com.

The 2021 Triple Crown will begin with the 147th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) at 1 ¼ miles on Saturday, May 1 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The 146th running of the $1 million Preakness (GI), its 1 3/16-mile second jewel, is set for Saturday, May 15 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md. The 153rd running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI), the series’ 1 ½-mile final leg, is scheduled for Saturday, June 5 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Last year’s Triple Crown attracted 369 nominations, 347 horses during the early phase and 22 horses during the late nomination phase.

Horses not nominated during the early phase can be made eligible between Jan. 24-March 29 with a $6,000 payment. Any horse not nominated during the early or late phases can become Triple Crown eligible through payment of a supplemental nomination fee due at the time of entry for each Triple Crown race: the Kentucky Derby ($200,000), Preakness ($100,000) and Belmont ($50,000).

Representatives accepting Triple Crown nominations for the host tracks include:

Churchill Downs: Vice President of Racing and Racing Secretary Ben Huffman at (502) 638-3820 or [email protected]. … Assistant Racing Secretary and Stakes Coordinator Dan Bork at (502) 638-3806 or [email protected]. … Racing Operations Manager Kelly Danner at (502) 638-3825 or [email protected]

Pimlico: Racing Secretary Jillian Sofarelli at (800) 638-1859 or [email protected].

Belmont  Park: Vice President of Racing Operations Martin Panza at (718) 659-4241 or [email protected]. … Stakes Coordinator Andrew Byrnes at (718) 659-4217 or [email protected].