Jockey Club Gold Cup S. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 10f ,)

CURLIN (CH h, 122 lb) $450,000
Smart Strike —Sherriff's Deputy , by Deputy Minister
B—Fares Farm Inc, KY.; O—Stonestreet Stables, Padua Stables, Bolton, George and Midnight Cry Stables; T—Steven M. Asmussen

Lawyer Ron (CH h, 126 lb) $150,000
Langfuhr —Donation , by Lord Avie
B—James T. Hines Jr., KY.; O—Hines Racing LLC; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Political Force (GR/RO h, 126 lb) $75,000
Unbridled's Song —Glitter Woman , by Glitterman
B—Joseph Allen, KY.; O—Joseph Allen; T—H. Allen Jerkens

Margins: neck, 4, 6. Others: Sun King 126($37,500) , Brother Bobby 126($22,500) , Indy Wind 126($15,000) , Malibu Moonshine 126($15,000) . Winning Jockey, Robby Albarado.

Curlin has received a lot of publicity in a short period of time. He has made headlines not only because of his racing abilities but also because of the legal issues involving two of his owners, Bill Gallion and Shirley Cunningham.

On the racetrack the 3-year-old son of Smart Strike has won five of eight starts and captured two of the most important races for his generation: the classic Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and on Sept. 30, the prestigious Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational (gr. I).

Curlin also finished a near-winner of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), losing by a gut-wrenching head to the filly Rags to Riches. He ran third to Street Sense and Hard Spun in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I).

In just eight starts—Curlin was unraced at 2—he has earned $2,402,800.

Curlin made his first start for Gallion and Cunningham’s Midnight Cry Stable. He won so impressively, by 123¼4 lengths at Gulfstream Park in early February, that a majority interest in the colt was sold to Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables, Satish and Anne Sanan’s Padua Stables, and George Bolton.

Bred in Kentucky by Isaam Fares’ Fares Farm near Lexington, Curlin is out of the unraced Deputy Minister mare Sherriff’s Deputy. She is a daughter of the good Fares’ Farm racemare Barbarika, by Bates Motel.

Thirteen-year-old Sherriff’s Deputy does not have a 2-year-old, having been barren for 2005. Her 2006 foal by Medaglia d’Oro had to be euthanized, but this year she produced a Saint Liam filly. She was bred back to Smart Strike but did not get in foal.

Curlin was consigned by Fares through Eaton Sales to the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale. He was purchased by trainer Ken McPeek for Gallion and Cunningham for $57,000.

Barbarika won seven of 16 starts in the Fares Farm silks, winning the 1990 Johnnie Walker Black Classic Handicap (gr. II) and Turfway Park Budweiser Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. III). She earned $347,253.

Barbarika, who has failed to produce a stakes winner, has a yearling filly by Vicar named Rapidasharina.

Smart Strike had a huge day at Belmont Park Sept. 30. Prior to Curlin’s victory, his sons English Channel and Fabulous Strike won the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) and Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I), respectively. Smart Strike, who stands at Will Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky., is the sire of 51 stakes winners and is this year’s leading sire by earnings, with $8.8 milion. He stood this year for $75,000.—D.M.L.