Fresh off his impressive victory in the March 29 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin shipped into Belmont Park April 2 to begin his quarantine period after spending the past several weeks in Dubai. The highly-regarded son of Smart Strike will remain at the New York track over the weekend before shipping to Keeneland in Lexington April 6.
“He got in at about 4:30 p.m., and we were fortunate enough to be able to keep him in quarantine at Belmont, where we can take care of him ourselves,” Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen, said April 3. “He should be out of the quarantine barn by Friday, and he’ll move to our barn at Belmont Saturday. Then he flies to Lexington on Sunday.”
Curlin won his fourth consecutive race in the Dubai World Cup, coming off a victory in the Feb. 28 Jaguar Trophy at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. Before that win, the colt scored back-to-back victories in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) and the Breeders’ Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I).
Earlier in his 3-year-old campaign, Curlin won the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) between a third in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and a second in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
“He shipped very well, drank a lot of water, and was feeling good walking around the shedrow,” Blasi said. “He ate well last night, which I would expect him to do because he always has, and we’re excited about getting him back to Lexington.”
Bred in Kentucky by Fares Farm out of the Deputy Minister mare Sherriff's Deputy, Curlin has an 8- 1- 2 record from 11 starts with earnings of $8,807,800 for majority owner Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stable and minority owners Midnight Cry Stable.