Stonestreet Farms announced Sept. 4 that the next start for Curlin, 2007 Horse of the Year, will be the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) Sept. 27 at Belmont Park.
“The Jockey Club Gold Cup was selected for Curlin in order to continue his legacy as one of America’s greatest thoroughbreds,” said Jess Jackson, majority owner of Curlin.
“We are steering Curlin towards all the renowned competitions and certainly the Jockey Club Gold Cup is one of America’s most prestigious races. In the past, many of America’s top thoroughbreds sealed their honors by competing in this race. Also, this contest is in New York state where Curlin has seen much success and received an outpouring of support. Both factors weighed heavily in favor of our decision to compete again at Belmont.”
The race will be the 90th running of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, which is run at 1 1/4 miles and features 3-year-olds and up and a $750,000 purse. Curlin won the 2007 Jockey Club Gold Cup with a time of 2:01.20 and received a Beyer Speed Figure of 114.
Curlin’s win at the Woodward (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 30, moves him into second place behind two-time Horse of the Year Cigar as racing’s all time leading earner. Cigar’s career earnings totaled $9,999,815. Curlin’s current earnings total is $9,796,800.