Three of Smart Strike's best sons-who retired to stud in the space of four years-are shaping up as if they have the potential to make their way to the upper echelons of the North American stallion colony.
- Chestnut Colt
- Born 2004
Smart Strike, a two-time champion sire in North America, was euthanized March 25 at Lane's End Farm near Lexington after succumbing to a case of laminitis. He was 23.
Virginia-bred Stellar Wind swooped in from the East Coast to claim the $100,000 Santa Ysabel (gr. III) Feb. 28 in her stakes debut at Santa Anita Park.
Multiple grade I winner Palace Malice continued to prepare for his return to the races with a three-furlong move Feb. 28 at Palm Beach Downs, his first since rejoining the Florida string of trainer Todd Pletcher.
Erik and Pavla Nygaard, breeders of the brilliant Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) winner Ocean Knight, are doing things the right way.
Stonestreet Stables' Ocean Knight remained undefeated in two starts and aced both his 3-year-old and stakes debuts Jan. 31, taking the $250,000 Sam F. Davis Stakes (gr. III) at Tampa Bay Downs.
Knocked from last year's Triple Crown trail by injury just two weeks apart, both Honor Code and Top Billing are nearing their 4-year-old debuts this winter at Gulfstream Park.
Multiple grade I winner Palace Malice turned in his first breeze of 2015 on Jan. 22 in Aiken, S.C., his initial recorded move since returning to training in mid-November after a layoff at Three Chimneys Farm.
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.
Co-owners Dogwood Stable and Three Chimneys released a plan Dec. 3 to have Palace Malice target five races in 2015, culminating with a run in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Winner of the Metropolitan Mile (gr. I) and three other graded stakes in 2014, classic victor Palace Malice is ready to go back in training immediately, according to a Nov. 14 release.
Golden Actor played the starring role in the $200,000 Jean Lafitte Stakes the night of Oct. 25 at Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel with a 4 1/4-length score in his stakes debut.
The first session of the reformatted Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall sale Oct. 6 saw a Curlin filly and an Elusive Quality mare sell for the highest price of $60,000.
Keeneland's September yearling sale posted more across-the-board gains Sept. 17 at its ninth session as four horses brought $200,000 or more, helping the 13-day sale remain ahead of last year on average and median prices.
Topped by a Curlin colt with a strong female family, the Sept. 15 seventh session of the Keeneland September yearling sale saw increases comparable to those generated during the first six sessions.
A look behind the scenes at some of the newsmakers during sale's first four days.
Keeneland's September yearling sale opened Monday with a pair of million-dollar fillies by Bernardini and Curlin leading higher average and median.
A bay half sister to two-time champion Beholder was purchased by Bridlewood Farm for $1.1 million to become the first offering to reach seven figures during the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Dogwood Stable's classic winner Palace Malice (by Curlin), a winner of four of five starts this year at 4 including the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), has been retired from racing.
National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame 2014 - Curlin watch video
Big Drama generated plenty of headlines during a stellar racing career, and the 2010 champion sprinter and multimillionaire is now a distinguished young stallion.
No one can really predict Hall of Fame greatness after one start, but there have been a number of fortunate trainers who have had the thrill of foreseeing potential greatness in a young horse. read blog
- By Frank Angst
While Steve Coburn said they had Triple Crown dreams from the start, the partners also were thinking about the Breeders' Cup World Championships for California Chrome. read blog
Moulin de Mougin secured the biggest win of her career and gave jockey Mike Smith a reason to celebrate his 49th birthday in the $250,000 John Mabee Stakes (gr. IIT) on the grass Aug. 10 at Del Mar.
The 2014 induction ceremony for the Racing Hall of Fame, including Ashado, Curlin, Gary Jones, and Alex Solis. View Slideshow
With celebration and nostalgia, the 2014 Hall of Fame class that began tinged with controversy was inducted Aug. 8 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in a ceremony that honored two equine champions, Ashado and Curlin.
Watch the 2014 induction ceremony live beginning at 10:30 am EDT on Friday, Aug 8. The 2014 inductees are Ashado, Clifford, Curlin, Lloyd Hughes, Alex Solis, Gary Jones, E. R. Bradley and E. P. Taylor.
The Horse Racing Radio Network will provide live coverage of the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 10:30 a.m. (EDT) Friday, Aug. 8. It will also be broadcast by HRTV on tape delay basis.
"Here comes the most famous maiden in the world," said one horseman Aug. 4 on the backside of Saratoga Race Course as unraced Jess's Dream made his way to the main track.
Jess's Dream, one of racing's most highly anticipated 2-year-olds, arrived at the barn of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin at Saratoga the morning of Aug. 3 after a 24-hour van ride from the Stonestreet Training Center in Ocala.
Lucky First, a Kentucky-bred 4-year-old son of Curlin, won Russia's most lucrative race June 11 at the Central Moscow Hippodrome. Bred by Becky Winemiller, Lucky First won the $291,000 President of the Russian Federation.
Five youngsters shared honors for the fastest eighth of a mile breeze in :10 during the first of six sessions of the under-tack preview for next week's OBS June sale of 2-year-olds and horses of racing age.
Palace Malice proved his class in the $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park, winning his second grade I a year after taking the 2013 Belmont Stakes (gr. I).
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.
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.
It's time to remind breeders and broadcasters alike that stamina still exists in America and remains an essential part of breeding classic winners.
Since the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) is synonymous with parties, it's your obligation as a racing fan to recreate (most of) the experience at home.
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.
Palace Malice, a prohibitive favorite at odds of 1-20, made easy work of his three opponents in the $142,500 Westchester Stakes (gr. III) May 11 at Belmont Park in his prep race for the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I).
Trainer Tom Proctor confirmed the morning of April 29 that he will enter Niall Racing's homebred filly Please Explain in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Jockey Jose Lezcano will ride the dark bay or brown filly.
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.
The National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame announced April 25 that jockey Alex Solis, trainer Gary Jones, and champion racehorses Ashado and Curlin will be inducted this year in the contemporary category.
A pair of regally-bred colts by Curlin and Bernardini garnered the most attention at the third session of Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s spring sale of 2-year-olds in training April 23, each selling for $700,000.
Steve Haskin discusses his intrigue with Ride On Curlin this week.
Dogwood Stable's Palace Malice may have been the narrow second choice in the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II) at Fair Grounds, but the son of Curlin proved best in an impressive 4 3/4-length score going 1 1/8 miles.
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame announced March 21 that the nomination of Steve Asmussen for possible induction into the shrine this year has been tabled as a result of developments over the last two days.
Promising prospects stretched their legs for prospective buyers March 9 at the second of two under-tack shows for Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s selected 2-year-olds in training sale.
Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin and trainer Steve Asmussen, who saddled him to nine stakes wins in the years he won those titles, are among 10 finalists on the 2014 Hall of Fame ballot.
|Trainer||Steven M. Asmussen|
|Owner||Stonestreet Stables LLC and Midnight Cry Stables|
|Breeder||Fares Farm Inc|
|Curlin View Five-Cross Pedigree||Smart Strike||Mr. Prospector|
|Classy 'n Smart|
|Sherriff's Deputy||Deputy Minister|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Kenneth McPeek, agent||Eaton Sales, agent||$57,000|