Einstein, who is scheduled to run in the Sept. 6 Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar, has been bought by Frank Stronach's Stronach Stables for an undisclosed sum.
Remarkable 7-year-old Einstein continued his amazing run on May 2 at Churchill Downs, outdueling Cowboy Cal in the stretch to win the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) under Julien Leparoux. The Helen Pitts-Blasi trainee became the first horse to repeat in the prestigious event.
Curlin, North America's reigning Horse of the Year and the continent's richest racehorse of all time with earnings of $10,501,800, will be paraded at Churchill Downs Nov. 29.
Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin will enter stud in 2009 at Mr. and Mrs. William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., it was announced Nov. 21. The son of Smart Strike will stand for $75,000.
The sealed-bid process for selling the minority interest in reigning Horse of the Year Curlin failed to produce an acceptable bid, but private negotiations will continue for the 20% ownership held by Midnight Cry Stable.
Reigning "Horse of the Year" Curlin successfully completed the first step in what could be a journey to Paris to run in the famed Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) with a solid work July 1 under jockey Robby Albarado over the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs.
For Steve Asmussen, the perfect scenario in the June 14 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) goes something like this: clean break, good position, powerful move, and a romp home under wraps from Curlin, the 2007 Horse of the Year. But whether the trainer will get that result in the 1 1/8-mile test at Churchill Downs is another question.
As 12 horses headed to the post in the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), trainer Steve Asmussen stood in the paddock at Nad Al Sheba racecourse. "I'm just wanting the real Curlin to show up," he said. Moments later, the Smart Strike colt more than obliged, rolling to a 7 3/4-length win and convincing viewers of one sure thing - right now "the real Curlin" is the best horse in the world.
Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin worked out Saturday morning in preparation for a race in Dubai Feb. 28. He is being pointed to the March 29 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
- By Dan Liebman
By Dan Liebman - There are no rules for Eclipse Awards voters, and maybe that is as it should be.
Curlin, the favorite for Horse of the Year after winning the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I), is now down to three owners.
Curlin swept past Hard Spun down the stretch to win the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. I) by 4 1/2 lengths.
Midnight Cry Stable's 5-year-old Brazilian-bred Einstein, the defending champion in the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), is on target and ready to go for Saturday's renewal of the 1 3/8 miles fixture.
Final Round, runner-up in the Forward Gal (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park March 14, is the likely favorite in a field of six 3-year-old fillies vying in Thursday's $100,000-added La Troienne at seven furlongs at Churchill Downs.
My Boston Gal made a triumphant return to Keeneland Race Course Thursday with her second career graded stakes win in the about seven-furlong Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies.
After two losses to open the 2003 campaign, My Boston Gal faces a deep field in Thursday's $250,000 Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (gr. II) at about seven furlongs for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland.
Barrister Hall Stable's Midnight Cry, with jockey Edgar Prado showing the way, caught Chimichurri in the stetch and drew off to win Friday's $100,000 Forward Gal Stakes (gr. III) in a mild surprise at Gulfstream Park Friday.
With only one-week rest, Take Charge Lady is ready to anchor Team Kentucky in the inaugural Great State Challenge on Dec. 7 at Sam Houston Race Park.
Randaroo looks the likely favorite in Sunday's six furlong $100,000-added Valley Stream Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-old fillies at Aqueduct.
Multiple grade I winner Take Charge Lady zipped a half-mile in :47 2/5 at Churchill Downs on Thursday as the Ashland and Spinster Stakes winner prepped for the 1 1/8-mile Falls City Handicap (gr. II) on Nov. 28.
Storm Flag Flying and Vindication were made the favorites in the Breeders' Cup Future Bet for the juvenile championship races to be contested Oct. 26 at Arlington Park as part of the World Thoroughbred Championships.
<b>Saratoga Notebook:</b> Smiles From Walden for 'Humor'; Midnight Cry Frizette Bound; Medaglia d'Oro Returns to Training; Turf Races On Tap; Prado Nears Bailey Mark
Trainer Elliott Walden smiled and nodded his head Saturday morning when the word ¨impressive" came up in a description of Awesome Humor's performance in Friday's Spinaway (gr.I) for 2-year-old fillies.
WinStar Farm's Awesome Humor kept her record perfect and her place among the leaders of the 2-year-old filly division intact Friday afternoon, holding off favored Forever Partners to win the 111th running of the $200,000 Spinaway (gr. I) by 2-3/4 lengths.
John Veitch relishes his first victory in New York since 1998 and Patrick Biancone offers insights into training horses. Meanwhile, trainer Ken McPeek plans to work Repent Sunday in preparation for the Travers Stakes.
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