Commanding Curve Entered in Curlin Stakes

Commanding Curve Entered in Curlin Stakes
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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).

Curlin S.

Saratoga Race Course , Friday, July 25, 2014, Race 9
  • STK
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo
  • 5:15 PM (local)
1Commanding Curve (KY)Shaun Bridgmohan117Dallas Stewart
2Viva Majorca (KY)Julien R. Leparoux117Ian R. Wilkes
3Protonico (KY)Javier Castellano119Todd A. Pletcher
4Tiz'naz (KY)Kendrick Carmouche123John C. Servis
5Charge Now (KY)Junior Alvarado119William I. Mott
6Cousin Stephen (KY)John R. Velazquez119Chad C. Brown
7V. E. Day (KY)Jose Lezcano119James A. Jerkens
8Spot (KY)Jose L. Ortiz117Nicholas P. Zito
9Joint Custody (MD)Trevor McCarthy123John J. Robb
10Life in Shambles (KY)Joel Rosario119Christophe Clement


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