Defending Horse of the Year Curlin made his return to dirt racing in the $500,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) a successful one at Saratoga Aug. 30, but he had to work to get the job done.
Michael Iavarone, co-president of IEAH Stables, said Aug. 26 that Jess Jackson, majority owner of Curlin, has turned down their offer to have a match race between Curlin and Big Brown.
Serve Iavarone. Despite the "invitations" by Curlin's majority owner Jess Jackson's to IEAH Stables to run Big Brown in either the Woodward or the Jockey Club Gold Cup, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Preakness (gr. I) winner will remain on schedule for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), and that does not include either race.
Jess Jackson, majority owner of Curlin, responded to the connections of Big Brown Aug. 13 after they declined an invitation to race the reigning Horse of the Year in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I), challenging them instead to meet in the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Sept. 27 at Belmont Park. Jackson also stated the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Santa Anita "is not part of my current plan for Curlin."
Minority owner Paul Pompa Jr. confirmed that Big Brown will not go to Saratoga this summer. The connections will instead look for a turf race for the dual classic winner's next start.
Curlin will make his next start in the $500,000 Woodward (gr. I) Aug. 30 at Saratoga, Stonestreet Stables' Jess Jackson told media members Aug. 5, but the majority owner would not commit to sending the reigning Horse of the Year anywhere after that, including the Breeders' Cup later this year at Santa Anita. Jackson also left the possibility open that Curlin could race next year, saying the chances were "pretty slim, but not foreclosed."
Horse of the Year Curlin worked five furlongs in an easy 1:02.72 at Saratoga Aug. 4.
Jess Jackson, a leader in the push for integrity in the Thoroughbred marketplace, has his own consignment for the first time at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, which begins its two-night run Aug. 4.
Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin came out of his second-place finish to Red Rocks in Belmont Park's Man o'War Stakes (gr. IT) July 12 in good order and was on his way to Saratoga the following morning.
British invader Red Rocks spoiled American champion Curlin's turf debut in the $500,000 Man o' War Stakes (g. IT) at Belmont Park July 12 and gave owner J. Paul Reddam a grand grade I double on the day.
A Kentucky judge denied a motion July 10 requesting a forced sale of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin, a decision that was applauded by majority owner Stonestreet Stables, which clearly stated it has no desire to sell its part of the champion horse.
An application for an owner's license for reigning Horse of the Year Curlin has been received by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, board spokesman Dan Toomey said July 8.
Management of the minority interest in reigning Horse of the Year Curlin and other horses has been transferred to the control of a court-appointed receiver, a move which majority owner Stonestreet Stables says clears the way for the champion horse to race at any venue.
Following Curlin's dominant win in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) June 14, trainer Steve Asmussen says he's planning to work the reigning Horse of the Year over the Churchill Downs grass course while considering a bid in France's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I).
For Steve Asmussen, the perfect scenario in the June 14 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) goes something like this: clean break, good position, powerful move, and a romp home under wraps from Curlin, the 2007 Horse of the Year. But whether the trainer will get that result in the 1 1/8-mile test at Churchill Downs is another question.
The Barretts May 2-year-old in training sale saw decreases in the number of horses sold, gross, average, and median price, while the sale topper, a daughter of Harlan's Holiday, brought $700,000 to top the one-day sale.
Favored El Roblar, making just his second start following a layoff of 10 months for trainer Richard Mandella,held off all challengers to win the $109,500 Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Hollywood Park turf.
Keeneland director of sales Geoffrey Russell called Tuesday's opening session of the Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training "a success." But the auction will have to seriously improve upon its first night gross of $7,127,000 in Wednesday's second session to equal or surpass last year's total of $16,637,000.
The opening session of the two-night Keeneland April 2-year-old in training sale got off to a rough start April 8 at the Central Kentucky auction house with the number of horses not sold (30, or 46.9%) almost equaling the reserve not attained rate of last year's one-day sale (47.1%).
Jess Jackson, still glowing from Horse of the Year Curlin's victory in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), struck early Monday night during the opening session of the Keeneland April Sale of 2-year-olds in training.
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.
As racing fans and participants from around the world gathered at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on Thursday for "Breakfast with the Stars," there was one name that seemed to be on everyone's lips: Curlin. People from Australia to Europe to South America to Asia all wanted to see the American Horse of the Year with their own eyes, to gauge how good he might really be before he races for the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) on Saturday.
Robby Albarado will have a definite target on his back when he rides Curlin in the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse March 29. But the Cajun jockey is confident in his mount's ability and the way the 2007 Horse of the Year is going to handle his 4-year-old campaign.
The 2008 Barretts March select sale of 2-year-olds in training sale saw downturns in key categories, but was topped by an $800,000 daughter of Silver Deputy.
Horse of the Year Curlin is being pointed to the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 29 at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse to make his first start of 2008, majority owner Jess Jackson said.
The 2007 Horse of the Year breezed five furlongs with stablemate Pyro Jan. 24 at Fair Grounds.
With nearly every category a foregone conclusion, the 37th Eclipse Awards night appeared to hold few, if any, surprises -- until Jess Jackson in accepting Horse of the Year for Curlin announced the champion would continue racing in 2008.
- By Dan Liebman
By Dan Liebman - There are no rules for Eclipse Awards voters, and maybe that is as it should be.
An attorney representing Stonestreet Stables, the majority owner of leading Horse of the Year candidate Curlin, emphasized Jan. 8 that a foreclosure motion being considered in a Kentucky state court involves only the minority interest in the star colt.
More than 400 people want to cash in on Curlin in a move that could put partial ownership of the leading Horse of the Year candidate on the sheriff's auction block.
- By Ryan Conley
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Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables now has an 80% ownership interest in Curlin after completing a deal to acquire former partner George Bolton's percentage of the 2007 leading Horse of the Year candidate.
The Horse Owners' Protective Association, an industry advocacy group that was formed in part by activist owner Jess Jackson, has announced a reorganization of its board and an expanded focus of its mission.
Curlin, the leading candidate for 2007 Horse of the Year, arrived at Fair Grounds Nov. 27 following a van ride from Churchill Downs, but his racing future is still undecided.
Trainer Kenny McPeek has filed a lawsuit in Kentucky against a company involving two jailed attorneys who are part owners of leading Horse of the Year candidate Curlin, alleging he is owed money from the previous sale of the horse.
Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton have acquired Padua Stables' interest in likely Horse of the Year Curlin, whose ownership structure has been under a cloud due to legal actions involving the principals of another part-owner, Midnight Cry Stable.
An attorney representing a limited liability company that includes embattled attorneys William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham Jr. claims his client's ownership interests in likely Horse of the Year Curlin is still intact, and is not in the hands of 400-plus plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit settlement.
One of the owners of likely Horse of the Year Curlin claims the recent order handed down by a Kentucky judge only affects the minority interest of embattled attorneys William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham Jr.
Prior to this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Larry Jones, trainer of eventual runner-up Hard Spun, said of the meteoric rise of the then undefeated Curlin, "Six months from now, we could be looking at Curlin as a super horse." Well, it is now six months later, and Jones' words, unfortunately for him, have become prophetic.
Bill Casner has resigned as a director of Horse Owners' Protective Association, saying he is leaving the advocacy group in reaction to comments recently made by fellow founder Jess Jackson in regard to the Sales Integrity Task Force.
Preliminary recommendations aimed at self-regulation for the equine auction industry were unveiled by the Sales Integrity Task Force during a public forum held at the Keeneland sales pavilion Oct. 15, but the driving force behind Kentucky legislation seeking reform in the public selling arena quickly voiced displeasure with the suggestions.
A public forum on preliminary recommendations by the Sales Integrity Task Force to the Kentucky legislature on auction transparency issues will be held at the Keeneland sale pavilion Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. EDT.
Jess Jackson's California lawsuit against Emmanuel de Seroux was settled Sept. 24, one week before a trial over the blockbuster case was scheduled to start, attorneys affiliated with the case have confirmed.
The gross revenue and average price increased during the seventh session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Monday, when a Cherokee Run colt sold for $325,000.
State legislators hearing the second report by the Sales Integrity Task Force on transparency issues in the Kentucky equine auction industry expressed mixed opinions about the group's progress during a public meeting held Sept. 13 in the Lexington Room at Keeneland Race Course.
With six months down and four to go - and dealing with such hot-button issues as ownership disclosure, medical disclosure, and agent licensing - where does the Sales Integrity Task Force stand?
- By Ryan Conley
Two owners of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Curlin were deemed flight risks by a judge presiding over a criminal trial in which they are involved, an opinion which led directly to the defendants' immediate incarceration.
Bayne Welker, president and chairman of the Consignors and Commercial Breeders Association, has a lot to say about sales integrity and other auction-related issues.
A bill that empowers Florida's state government to set rules regarding transparency issues in the sale of horses was recently signed into law by Gov. Charlie Crist.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick - The fighting spirit shown by both Curlin and Street Sense in this terrific stretch battle epitomizes what breeding and racing Thoroughbreds is all about.
- By Dan Liebman
By Dan Liebman - Never having been in such a position, Gallion had trouble putting a value on Curlin...
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