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Bob Baffert leads trainers with 35 Triple Crown early nominations

Bob Baffert leads trainers with 35 Triple Crown early nominations

Bob Baffert is ahead of the pack again, leading all trainers with 35 horses nominated to the Triple Crown races.

The trainer of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah has nearly 10 percent of the 368 early nominations released by Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday.

Business is good after American Pharoah became the first horse in 37 years to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes: Baffert had 15 nominations last year.

Todd Pletcher was second among trainers with 28 nominations, and Chad Brown next with 12. The top three trainers have just over 20 percent of the nominations.

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