Smart Strike’s biomechanical profile reveals he was a natural two-turn individual with as much power as stride, the kind of horse that can get out there and stalk and then keep going until the rest are left behind.
Curlin was a champion who dominated the sport ... except for those spring days in 2007 when he faced two fellow members of his 3-year-old crop, Street Sense and Hard Spun.
Led by a Curlin colt sold for a sale-record $1.5 million, the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale in Timonium, Md., produced solid across-the-board gains during the two-day stand.
A Curlin colt set a record for the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sale of 2-year-olds in training when sold for $1.5 million during the May 23 final session of the two-day sale.
Stonestreet Stables' homebred Terra Promessa showed May 19 that she's not just a horse for the course at Oaklawn Park.
Two-time Eclipse Award winner conceives on single attempt for this season.
Two stallions represented in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) already bear the mantle of Derby-winning sire. Their racing careers and their paths as stallions could not be more different.
A "reasoned gamble" is how Hill 'n' Dale Farms owner John Sikura described the recent deal to acquire the breeding rights to multiple graded stakes winner Irish War Cry ahead of the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
Stellar Wind, who defeated Beholder twice last year after earning a divisional championship in 2015, makes her 2017 debut in Oaklawn Park's Apple Blossom Handicap (G1).
The daughter of Curlin will turn back in distance to run in the seven-furlong Inside Information Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream March 18. Curlin's Approval will face seven others in the $200,000 stakes.
Margaret Fauber went to $950,000 to secure a Curlin colt as the second-highest price during the March 14 opening session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s 2-year-olds in training sale.
A Super Saver colt, several pricey yearling purchases, and juveniles sired by Quality Road and by Scat Daddy are among the Hips to Watch during the March 14 opening session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s March sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Two colts sired by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin top the 2-year-olds in training scheduled to go through the ring at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's March sale.
A Tapit colt bought back for $625,000 tops list of juveniles entered in the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale that have previously gone through a sales ring.
Stonestreet Stables' Terra Promessa, winner of Oaklawn's Jan. 14 Pippin Stakes, figures to dictate the tempo again in the Feb. 18 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) in Hot Springs.
Grade 1 winner Connect will stand at Lane's End Farm following his retirement from racing. The son of Curlin is currently in training with Chad Brown at Palm Meadows and is expected to make his 2017 debut this spring.
Glen Hill Farm's multiple graded stakes winner Pontchatrain and her Curlin foal died during foaling complications Feb. 4 in Ocala, Fla.
Warren Williamson's homebred Texas Ryano will look to capture a rare stakes double in the male turf division Feb. 4 in the $200,000 San Marcos Stakes (G2T) at Santa Anita Park.
14 Hands Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) runner-up Valadorna will winter in New Orleans at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, according to conditioner Mark Casse.
Williamson Racing's homebred Texas Ryano broke through the graded ranks Nov. 25 with an emphatic victory in the $200,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IIT).
Cassatt, a grade III-winning daughter of Tapit, was bought by Craig Bernick with Elevage Bloodstock. The mare is believed in foal to Curlin and is out of the family of champion Dreaming of Anna and graded stakes winners Lewis Michael.
With five starters in the Breeders' Cup, Hill 'n' Dale Farm set Curlin's 2017 fee at $150,000.
Barbara Banke and the other panelists described the exhilaration of their Breeders' Cup victories to those attending the conference.
When deciding to get into horse ownership, go slowly and spread your risk, advised a panel of experts at the opening session of the Thoroughbred Owner Conference Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
A Curlin colt from the VanMeter-Gentry consignment had a more productive second trip through the sales ring when he was purchased by JSM Equine/Justin Casse for $350,000 at the Oct. 24 first session of the Fasig-Tipton October yearling sale.
Trainer John Sadler has had a deliberate plan for Stellar Wind's 2016 campaign, and so far, Hronis Racing's Curlin filly has checked off every box.
In close to a carbon copy of their previous meeting, Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind again got the measure of Beholder in the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 1 at Santa Anita Park.
Connect was in fine fettle Sept. 25, the day after his Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) victory at Parx Racing and trainer Chad Brown said the Breeders' Cup will be considered along with several other races.
Looking at how North American yearling averages have changed since 2012 among the top 10 Keeneland September sires by average price through Sept. 19.
A Bernardini colt from the family of top handicap horse Frosted was purchased by Ben Glass on behalf of Gary and Mary West for $600,000 to top the Sept. 19 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale in which numbers dipped slightly.
Topped by a $1 million Curlin colt, the Keeneland September yearling sale continued on a strong note Sept. 16 as the marathon auction didn’t miss a beat moving into Book 2 after a strong three-day Book 1.
From Citation to California Chrome, read who has led in earnings over the decades.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' Curalina ran away to a 9 1/4-length triumph in the slop July 31 at Saratoga Race Course after shaking clear of Carrumba in early stretch in the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III).
The two champions were head-and-head from the five-sixteenths pole July 30 in the Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I) at Del Mar, but Stellar Wind outdueled her rival to the wire to win by a half-length, ending an eight-race win streak for Beholder.
Connect and Gift Box, stablemates trained by Chad Brown, matched strides down the stretch in the $100,000 Curlin Stakes but pacesetter Connect dug in and edged away to win by about a length June 29 at Saratoga Race Course.
Only two races removed from her third grade I win, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Curalina takes a class drop and looms a huge standout in the four-horse field entered in the $200,000 Shuvee Handicap (gr. III) July 31 at Saratoga Race Course.
Stellar Wind's connections are trying three-time champion Beholder again, after a non-threatening second-place run in the Vanity Mile (gr. I) last time out.
There were no surprises July 19 when Fasig-Tipton kicked off the yearling season with its selected sale as the auction mirrored results seen at most North American sales the last two years.
A beautiful son of Curlin lit up the bid board at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July selected yearling sale when he was purchased by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds for $475,000.
Training Progeny of Curlin
Steve Asmussen dreaded walking by a wall featuring photos of Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners after Curlin's tight defeat in 2007, but that was all erased June 11.
Gustav Schickedanz homebred Fireball Merlin made history in the first race at Woodbine June 10, when taking the inaugural clockwise EuroTurf Series race.
Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator drew post 11 in a field of 13 and was tagged the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the June 11 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) during the race’s post position draw June 8 in New York.
Taking advantage of racing's "What have you done for me lately?" mindset, Keith Desormeaux has found value at sales, an angle he says helped him land classic winner Exaggerator and Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Texas Red.
Spendthrift Farm's three-time champion Beholder and 2015 champion 3-year-old filly Stellar Wind will face talented sprinters stretching out in the two-turn Vanity Mile (gr. I) June 4 at Santa Anita Park.
Landry came to mind before the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) as a rider who had the finesse to manage high-energy Exaggerator—who wound up second to champion Nyquist in the Derby before turning the tables two weeks later in Baltimore.
Exaggerator has only two off-the-board finish in 11 starts, and should have stamina from Curlin. One concern about his chance at the Belmont distance comes from his female family, with his dam and her dam both being winners only in sprints.
One of few Preakness winners to sire a Preakness winner
Trainer Keith Desormeaux has had two horses who are combined 0-for-8 against undefeated champion Nyquist but that isn’t stopping him from taking another shot May 21 with Exaggerator in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course.
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) runner-up Exaggerator arrived at Pimlico Race Course at approximately 4:40 p.m. ET May 15 to join Derby victor Nyquist for a rematch in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) May 21.
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