West Point Thoroughbreds' Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve could make his first start since his ninth-place finish in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) in the July 25 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.
Though he has earned $542,434 in eight starts, the 3-year-old Master Command ridgling who finished second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) at 38-1 odds and third in the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) still has one win to his credit. The 1 1/8-mile Curlin is for 3-year-olds that have not won a graded stakes over a mile in 2014.
Trained by Dallas Stewart, Commanding Curve will break from the inside post under Shaun Bridgmohan while carrying 117 pounds in the field of 10. The colt has been training weekly, including a quick five-furlong breeze in 1:01 at Churchill Downs July 6, the third-best among 21 working that distance.
Co-highweighted at 123 is Konrad M. Wayson's homebred Joint Custody, a gelded son of Outflanker who has won or placed in 10 of 11 starts with earnings of $273,905 for trainer John Robb. Included in his five wins are the Marylander and Maryland Juvenile Championship, both at Laurel Park, and the Stanton Stakes at Delaware Park in his most recent outing.
The Curlin also drew Joseph H. Moss' Spot, the Pulpit gelding trained by Nick Zito whose two wins from eight starts includes the Swale Stakes (gr. II). Saratoga Race Course, Friday, July 25, 2014, Race 9
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L 1 1Commanding Curve (KY) Shaun Bridgmohan 117 Dallas Stewart - 2 2Viva Majorca (KY) Julien R. Leparoux 117 Ian R. Wilkes - 3 3Protonico (KY) Javier Castellano 119 Todd A. Pletcher - 4 4Tiz'naz (KY) Kendrick Carmouche 123 John C. Servis - 5 5Charge Now (KY) Junior Alvarado 119 William I. Mott - 6 6Cousin Stephen (KY) John R. Velazquez 119 Chad C. Brown - 7 7V. E. Day (KY) Jose Lezcano 119 James A. Jerkens - 8 8Spot (KY) Jose L. Ortiz 117 Nicholas P. Zito - 9 9Joint Custody (MD) Trevor McCarthy 123 John J. Robb - 10 10Life in Shambles (KY) Joel Rosario 119 Christophe Clement -
Saratoga Race Course, Friday, July 25, 2014, Race 9