Daniel Dougherty's Ride On Curlin returned to the races in winning fashion Jan. 15, taking a six-furlong allowance optional claimer at Oaklawn Park by a head in his season debut.
Trainer Billy Gowan had several options for the 4-year-old debut of Ride On Curlin, but he decided to take what he believes is the path of least resistance: a second-level allowance Jan. 15 in the ninth race at Oaklawn.
Apprentice jockey Juan Saez, younger brother of Luis Saez, posted his first North American win when he scored with Miesque Amour in the opening race of the "Downs After Dark" program June 20 at Churchill Downs.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Ride On Curlin, who failed to finish in the June 7 Belmont Stakes (gr. I), will be getting a break after competing in all three jewels of the Triple Crown.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr., who bred Ride On Curlin with his late mother, is the breeder of 1985 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Creme Fraiche. A win in the June 7 Belmont could provide him with a classic double.
Ride On Curlin will be making his 12th career start in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) as owner Dan Dougherty enjoys the journey with his $25,000 yearling purchase who has already banked more than $700,000 and continues to thrive.
California Chrome schooled at the starting gate for the second and final time June 5 at Belmont Park as his date with destiny in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (gr. I) draws closer.
Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome was out for some exercise on Belmont Park's main track the morning of June 2, jogging once clockwise around the oval under regular exercise rider Willie Delgado.
Daniel Dougherty's Ride On Curlin, runner-up to California Chrome in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), stretched his legs June 1 with a seven-furlong breeze under exercise rider Bryan Beccia at Belmont Park.
Represented in 2012 by graduate I'll Have Another, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, the Florida-based operation now has another graduate heading for the Belmont Stakes with Ride On Curlin.
California Chrome isn't likely to run a clunker in the Belmont Stakes, but the distance could be a key factor, say rival trainers Billy Gowan and Dallas Stewart.
The morning of May 18 was time for Art Sherman to check his horse and relive the thrill of California Chrome's Preakness victory, while trainer Billy Gowan was all smiles about a runner-up finish from Ride On Curlin.
After the vans pulled in late the afternoon of May 14, all the contenders for the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (gr. I) were on the grounds at Pimlico Race Course except for Ring Weekend, who will arrive May 15 before noon.
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Preakness Stakes (gr. I) contender Ride On Curlin breezed four furlongs in :49 3/5 on an overcast morning at Pimlico Race Course May 14.
Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome arrived at Pimlico Race Course Monday at 3:12 p.m. EDT to continue his quest for an elusive Triple Crown sweep in Saturday's 139th Preakness Stakes.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner California Chrome made his first appearance on the track at Churchill Downs the morning of May 7 since winning the 140th Run for the Roses.
Joel Rosario, who finished 11th in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) aboard General a Rod, will have the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) mount aboard Daniel Dougherty's Ride On Curlin.
They saw the potential of their futures played out in furious rallies, wire-to-wire rumbles, by the widest of margins and the slimmest of victories. Weeks like this bring back those memories.
The highest-priced 2014 Derby hopeful sold at public auction is Intense Holiday, who was purchased for $380,000 by Starlight Racing at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Four days before the Saturday race, most of the trainers with horses in the classic shared a stage and a laugh or two at the annual Kentucky Derby Trainers Dinner.
Trainer Billy Gowan supervised the final major preparations of Arkansas Derby (gr. I) runner-up Ride On Curlin on April 27, sending the Curlin colt through seven furlongs in 1:29 at Churchill Downs.
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While Coastline and Conquest Titan have not yet registered breakthrough graded stakes victories, trainer Mark Casse sees some positive signs as they prepare for their most important stakes races to date.
Ride On Curlin, a leading contender for the upcoming $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I), had his last major drill before the race April 6, breezing seven furlongs in 1:26 4/5 at Oaklawn Park.
Ride On Curlin, third in both the Southwest (gr. III) and Rebel (gr. II) stakes at Oaklawn Park, worked five furlongs over the track March 30 and remains on target for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (gr. I).
The first four finishers of the Rebel Stakes (gr. II) March 15 came out of the race none the worse in spite of the roughly-run final furlong, and three of them are definitely pointed for a return in the Arkansas Derby.
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