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CURLIN - Horse of the Year and 3yo Champion 2007
Curlin's pedigree

NYRA's Curlin Page

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15 Starts: 11 - 2 - 2 $10,246,800

At 4: Won Dubai World Cup (UAE-G1,10F),Stephen Foster H. (G1,9F), Woodward S. (G1,9F), Jockey Club Gold Cup S. (G1,10F), Jaguar Trophy H. (UAE,10F) 2nd Man o' War S. (G1,9.5FT)

At 3: Won Preakness S. (G1,9.5F), Breeders' Cup Classic (G1,10F), Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1,10F), Arkansas Derby (G2,9F), Rebel S. (G3,8.5F) 2nd Belmont S. (G1,12F) 3rd Kentucky Derby (G1,10F)

Set a new North American earnings record on September 27, 2008

Foaled March 25, 2004.

Steve Haskin about Curlin's Belmont ..."At a time when Thoroughbreds are handled like finely cut crystal, how special to have one come along that you can bounce on the ground and throw against a wall and it doesn’t even make a dent. You can even run him head-on into that aforementioned brick wall and he runs right through it."

"...For the entire Triple Crown, and you can even add the Derby trail, Curlin reigned supreme for the brilliance, courage, toughness, and consistency he displayed..... Curlin ran in all three Triple Crown races, with absolutely no 2-year-old foundation to lean back on. What the future holds for him no one knows, but one thing is for sure: when they made this colt they threw away the book."

STEVE ASMUSSEN, after Curlin's BC victory: "The horse in the paddock, he's a big day horse, settled, calm and waiting for what was going to happen. It's an amazing feeling. Growing up in racing, it's extremely emotional to have witnessed great horses run in time and to be this close to one and to be this part of a horse of this ability is a lifelong dream."

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Some facts about Curlin

Sire: Smart Strike, Grandsire: Mr. Prospector, Dam: Sherriff's Deputy, Damsire: Deputy Minister

Interesting fact: there is NO inbreeding in Curlin's immideate pedigree (5 generations)...

Sex: Stallion, Foaled: 2004, Country: United States, Colour: Chestnut, Breeder: Fares Farm Inc. Owner: Racing partnership: Midnight Cry Stables & Stonestreet Farm Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Curlin (foaled March 25, 2004 in Kentucky) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse and winner of the 2007 Preakness Stakes. One of the favorites among North American bettors to win the 2007 Kentucky Derby, Curlin placed third in the race behind winner Street Sense. Prior to the 2007 Derby, Curlin had been unbeaten in three starts.

Curlin was sired by Smart Strike, a former star from the Sam-Son Farm racing team in Ontario, Canada and a half-brother of 1991 Canadian Triple Crown winner, Dance Smartly. He was out of the mare Sherriff's Deputy, a daughter of Canadian Horse of the Year and two-time North American Champion sire, Deputy Minister.

The colt was named for Charles Curlin, an African-American slave from western Kentucky who fought for the Union Army with the United States Colored Troops in the American Civil War. One of his original owners, through his interest in Midnight Cry Stables, is Charles Curlin's great, great grandson.

Unraced at age two, in February of 2007 Curlin won a seven-furlong maiden race for three-year-olds by 12 ¾ lengths at Gulfstream Park in Florida after which he was purchased by a racing partnership headed by majority shareholder Jess Jackson of Stonestreet Farm. Originally owned by Midnight Cry Stables, who maintain a share, the new partnership also includes Padua Stables and George Bolton. Curlin went on to race at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas where in March jockey Robby Albarado rode him to victory in the Rebel Stakes and in mid April in the Arkansas Derby. Very impressive in every start, his winning margin in his three races adds up to 28 1/2 lengths.


Curlin placed in all of the Triple Crown races; 3rd in the Kentucky Derby, he won the Preakness Stakes and came in 2nd in the Belmont Stakes (lost to the outstanding filly Rags To Riches by a head), then went on to win the Jockey Club Gold Cup after a resting period and ended his 3 year old season by galloping to victory in the Breeders Cup Classic. He made over 5 million dollars in his FIRST year of racing!

And had the year merely included a colt who went from an unstarted maiden to the Preakness Stakes winner in a little more than three months, and later in the year won the Jockey Club Gold Cup and BC Classic to become the overwhelming favorite to be named the Horse of the Year, well, that would have been just fine, too.

Curlin, gloriously oblivious to the tension surrounding his embattled owners, completed his sensational year with a powerhouse performance in the BC Classic, a fitting, final reminder of how special were both he and the 3-year-old crop of 2007. ...JAY PRIVMAN (Daily Racing Form) reflects on the year 2007 in racing, read full article here

Driven to win Wine magnate Jess Jackson bucks conventional horse-racing wisdom for a chance at making his champion, Curlin, one of the all-time greats Santa Rosa Press Democrat 3/26/08

GO CURLIN Curlin's official home page

WHERE DOES CURLIN GO NEXT? Public Poll Asks What’s Next For Horse of the Year

Curlin's CORNER NYRA page

Fans Guide To CURLIN Curlin's physique by NYRA

Jess Jackson is a new breed of owner Los Angeles Times 10/19/08

CURLIN WORKS AT SARATOGA August 18, 2008 (photo courtesy of WendyinMI)

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"A Golden Morning"

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Watch more beautiful pictures of Curlin, by WendyinMI

CURLIN RETIRED

Curlin and connections honored by New York writers DRF 3/31/09

Curlin Begins New Career as Stallion Bloodhorse 2/13/09

Pictures of Curlin arriving at Lanes End

Curlin To Stand at Lane's End in 2009 Bloodhorse 11/22/08

Curlin's Dubai Experience

DUBAI RACING ONLINE Curlin's prep race on Thursday 2/28 at 11:15 EST!!!

DRF after Curlin's prep race: "The World Cup, run over the same distance, is March 29. The competition will be significantly stronger - but so will Curlin."

Getting to know the real Curlin By Michele McDonald (Bloodhorse) What is he like to be around every day?

CURLIN WINS THE DUBAI WORLD CUP

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Back to the Basics By Michele McDonald (Bloodhorse) Curlin's after-care, post his biggest race!

Videos

2008 Jockey Club Gold Cup (GI) - CURLIN Youtube THE RECORD BREAKING RACE!!!

Curlin - 2007 Jockey Club Gold Cup Youtube

WATCH THE DUBAI RACES!

VIDEO OF CURLIN PARADING ON RED CARPET AT CHURCHILL DOWNS ON KENTUCKY DERBY DAY 2008

There Can Only Be One: Big Brown and Curlin Hilarious YouTube video!!!

A Curlin workout in August Video

Media 2009

A Q&A with Jess Jackson TB Times 1/20/09 A great interview with Jess Jackson - he is a great spokesman for quality breeding, horse welfare & safety etc...

MEDIA 2008

Curlin will not race in 2009 DRF 11/16/08

Jackson Makes Bid for Curlin Interest Bloodhorse 11/13/08

DETTORI AND RAVEN'S DAZZLE IN VINTAGE CLASSIC Sportinglife (UK) Excerpt: More than 1 million had been staked on course for Curlin but trainer Steve Asmussen's worst fears about how his four-year-old would react on his debut on the synthetic Pro-Ride track were realised when he turned the corner for home under Robby Albarado and had no answer as Princess Haya of Jordan's Raven's Pass swept past him.

Stunner! Raven's Pass Upsets Curlin Bloodhorse 10/25/08 Excerpt: Robby Albarado said Curlin ran well. “Maybe he’s not a synthetic surface specialist,” he said. “He was paddling around. These horses (Raven’s Pass and Henrythenavigator) are great turf horses and it seemed like the synthetics played like a turf course. Raven’s Run is an exceptional horse who ran an exceptional time. Curlin’s been in that position turning for home, and he’s never lost.

Raven’s Pass powers to Classic win TB Times 10/25/08 including VIDEO

Raven's Pass conquers the Classic DRF 10/25/08 Excerpt: "It was a turf race. It absolutely was the Pro-Ride surface" that beat him, said Steve Asmussen, who trains Curlin. "He ran his heart out and gave it all he had."

On the surface, Curlin faces key question in Classic TB Times 10/24/08

Curlin taking on the world yet again DRF 10/24/08

Curlin, Stablemates in Classic Preps Bloodhorse 10/20/08

Curlin Works Toward Classic Start Bloodhorse 10/13/08 Excerpt: Asmussen and Jackson both spoke as if Curlin would be pre-entered in the Classic Oct. 14, though they carefully did not completely commit themselves. The final decision, they said, would hinge on how Curlin feels in the morning

Haskin's Cup Countdown: A Time for Kudos Bloodhorse 10/9/08 Excerpt: All the talk has been about Curlin and his earnings record and place in history, but few mention the brilliant and meticulous training job by Steve Asmussen. Just go back over the colt’s career and look at how many times Asmussen has thrown away the book and taken the training of a star Thoroughbred to a new level. It is doubtful there has been a more carefully planned campaign with so much attention to detail and a willingness to attempt something out of the ordinary.

Horse of the Year Curlin to work on Monday TB Times 10/8/08 Excerpt: “Our biggest concern with Curlin is the difference in the way that the track plays between morning and afternoon,” said Scott Blasi, Asmussen’s assistant.

Curlin, Student Council Work at SA Bloodhorse 10/07/08 Excerpt: “We’re not telling Curlin that he’s going to like it,” Asmussen said with a smile. “We’re listening to him. I only care if Curlin likes it.” “I thought it went really well,” the trainer said. “It was a nice move for him.”

Curlin arrives at Santa Anita for possible Classic start TB Times 9/29/08 Excerpt: If the colt takes to the surface, he could be entered in the Classic, where he finally would meet dual classic winner Big Brown and 2008 Horse of the Year honors would be definitively settled on the track.

Curlin En Route to California Bloodhorse 9/28/08 Excerpt: “He came out of the (Gold Cup) great. What we decide will only matter according to how he is on that race track. We’re going to California to work him, and nothing past that,” he said. (Asmussen)

Curlin earns trip to Santa Anita DRF 9/27/08

Curlin's Gold Cup Triumph Makes History Bloodhorse 9/27/08

Curlin breaks record, easily wins Jockey Club Gold Cup TB Times 9/27/08 Excerpt: “It was very emotional for me," Asmussen said. "I was very excited and very proud of everybody involved. Fifteen races, and he’s won more than $10-million. We had two back-to-back $5-million years. Robby didn’t turn the stick over on him today, and the horse looked [great].”

RESULTS FROM BIG BREEDERS’ CUP PREP RACES Paulick Report 9/27/08 VIDEO of JCGC race

Curlin takes aim at record in Jockey Club Gold Cup TB Times 9/26/08 Excerpt: “He’s the upset genius of the racing world,” Jackson said of Zito. “You have to keep an eye on [Wanderin Boy] even though he’s an older seven-year-old. He could pull another magic out of his hat. Nick is known for doing that.”

Curlin aims for history DRF 9/26/08 Excerpt: "I would have trouble knocking Curlin's record at all ever," Pletcher said. "I thought he's been extremely impressive in all his starts this year. . . . While maybe he didn't destroy everybody in the Woodward, I thought he overcame adversity and ran extremely well. I think it'd be foolish to predict that he won't win the Jockey Club Gold Cup."

Curlin ready to take place alongside sport’s all-time greats Star-Telegram 9/26/08 Excerpt: ...his reaching the top of the earnings list would mean, I think, that he deserves to be Horse of the Year again, regardless of whatever happens Oct. 25 at Santa Anita in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. (author GARY WEST)

Curlin Stares Down Cigar's Earnings Mark Bloodhorse 9/25/08

Curlin 'Perfect' in Work for Gold Cup Bloodhorse 9/22/08

Curlin Turns in Work for JC Gold Cup Bloodhorse 9/15/08

Curlin still on top of world rankings TB Times 9/12/08

Curlin breezes for first time since Woodward triumph TB Times 9/8/08

Curlin Headed to Jockey Club Gold Cup Bloodhorse 9/4/08

Relaxed Mood at Curlin's Saratoga Barn Bloodhorse 9/1/08

Curlin notches Woodward win DRF 8/30/08 Excerpt: "He seemed to be bounced around a bit, but he was a big enough horse to stay up in there and hold his spot," winning trainer Steve Asmussen said. "Halfway down the backside, you could tell Robby was very comfortable with him and we were okay from there."

Curlin Cashes in Woodward, Nears Cigar Bloodhorse 8/30/08 Excerpt: “Aside from the Dubai race and the Breeders’ Cup, this is the most important race we’ve won because of the historic nature of this race and its premier contribution tot Curlin’s legacy," Jackson said. "With all the superstition and the `Graveyard of Champions,’ I was glad the horse showed what he is and we won." and “The pace was very, very rapid, but Curlin got away in good order," Albarado said. "I was little wider than I wanted to be around the first turn, but he gave me an indication on the backside that he would be there for me. We were between two horses and getting bounced around a little, but he is a big horse and he handled it. (video in article)

Curlin ‘consummate professional’ in Woodward TB Times 8/30/08 Excerpt: “He was great! He is a consummate professional now,” Albarado said. “It was great for the people to see Curlin in New York.”

Curlin overwhelming favorite in Woodward TB Times 8/28/08 Curlin will start from gate 5. Excerpt: "He's a horse that everyone's going to be looking for and everyone's going to be watching for the whole day. I think he's going to be a short price. I don't think he's a cinch in the race. There's some nice horses in there, but he's the horse everyone's rooting for and the horse everyone knows." (Donovan, NYRA)

Taking shot at Curlin, place in lore Timesunion.com 8/28/08 Excerpt: If Curlin does go down to defeat, it will be an upset for the ages. "Being a traditionalist or historian of the game, whatever you want to call it, I do like the history of racing," Zito said. "I have always put Buckpasser in my top five. Curlin is certainly getting there. He has to be mentioned

Curlin: The Coolest Colt in Creation? NYRA 8/26/08 Excerpt: “As magnificent looking as he is on the outside, he’s probably even more magnificent on the inside,” says trainer Steve Asmussen of the four-legged international star, whose majority owner is Kendall-Jackson winery founder Jess Jackson. and “You have little kids wanting to know about Curlin and that alone shows you just how special he is,” said Albarado. “Curlin’s got it all, speed, stamina, heart, ability, but now, as time goes on, he’s got an aura about him. He’s matured and he knows how special he is. He’s an amazingly popular animal.”

Curlin by the numbers Paul Moran's Blog 8/26/08

Spa City trots out Horse of the Year PostStar.com, NY 8/26/08 Excerpt: Twenty-four banners displaying Curlin’s colors — burgundy and gold — have been installed along Broadway, where several downtown businesses will also decorate their facades with Woodward and Curlin memorabilia.

'Professional' Curlin set for Woodward TB Times 8/25/08 Excerpt: "He's very professional,” Rosas said. “Once you step on the track, he knows what's going on. Right now, he knows what's coming. I think he's ready. He's ready to rumble."

Curlin Zips 7 Furlongs in Woodward Work Bloodhorse 8/18/08 Excerpt: All of his serious preparation is in for the Woodward and we're feeling very good," said trainer Steve Asmussen. "It was his tempo, his work; it was all about him today. We wanted him to have a serious work, and once he was into it he was very serious, steady, and impressive."

Ball Back in Iavarone's Court: No Thanks Bloodhorse 8/13/08 Excerpt: “I’ve made my plans clear,” said IEAH co-president Mike Iavarone. “We want to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic." and Iavarone is beginning to find humor in Jackson’s challenges and jokingly proposed an alternative challenge on Woodward day.“Team Big Brown against Team Curlin in a three-on-three basketball game,” he said. “Desormeaux, Dutrow, and Iavarone vs. Albarado, Asmussen, and Jackson, or a player to be named later.”

Jackson: Meet Us in the Gold Cup Instead Bloodhorse 8/13/08 Excerpt: “We also are aware of IEAH’s involvement with charitable causes, including the current construction of the Ruffian Equine Medical Center across from Belmont Park. We have two great horses and a common purpose. Why not get them together? and “Ultimately, all of us have to do what is in the best interest of our horse. I wish Big Brown well and hope Curlin has the opportunity to compete against him. It certainly would help the industry and please the fans of both of these majestic horses.” (Jackson)

Jackson Issues Challenge to Big Brown Bloodhorse 8/13/08

Timeform Rates Curlin as World's Best Bloodhorse 8/11/08

Asmussen Stars Work at Oklahoma Track Bloodhorse 8/11/08

Mixed Feelings BH by Steve Haskin 8/8/08 Excerpt: “What you have is an attempt to show the animals at their very best,” Jackson said. “And to run down another guy’s horse, it may make for interesting reading for (the press), but I don’t think it’s the right thing to do; it demeans the industry. Yes, I’d love to meet him. It would be great for the industry and for the fans. They’re both great horses.”

Timeform rates Curlin as world’s best horse in current Global Rankings TB Times 8/6/08

Curlin to make next start at Spa in Woodward TB Times 8/5/08 Excerpt: “One of the reasons I want to run at Saratoga is because it’s a historic venue and its rich history and tradition will add to his legacy, not necessarily his pocketbook. The legacy of the horse and the fitness of the horse made the decision to run in the Woodward.” and Jackson also left open the possibility that Curlin could run next year as a five-year-old under certain conditions, namely the creation of a racing league for older horses that included events with elevated purses designed to keep talented younger horses in training as they get older

Jackson to reveal Curlin's next start on Tuesday TB Times 8/4/08 Excerpt: "Where he's going to run, I'm excited no matter what," Asmussen said, "because he's a tremendous horse."

Curlin Works; Plans Still Undetermined Bloodhorse 7/28/08 Excerpt: Curlin ran in splits of :13.00, :25.64, :and :37.09 before galloping out in 1:17.44. Light and relaxed, he made his move with Rosas sitting chilly in the saddle. Owner Jess Jackson flew in for the work, which he called "extremely pleasing."

Arc raiders prove a lost cause UK Telegraph 7/14/08 Excerpt: The presence of the world's best in Paris for six weeks with a prep in the Prix Foy before going for the Arc would be one of the biggest things to hit European racing this summer. It would have Britain's racing authorities green with envy.

Asmussen: Curlin's 'Options are Open' Bloodhorse 7/13/08 http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3262/2679957365_ee1e8b65bc_m.jpg (photo by kaymagna1)

Red Rocks upsets Curlin in Man o’ War TB Times 7/12/08 Excerpt: “I would like to see him get another chance, another shot on turf,” Albarado said. “It’s like a first race for him, a new chapter.” and “He ran second,” Asmussen said. “We’ll just evaluate how he comes out of the race. I don’t want to rush to judgment.”

Curlin's turf experiment hits 'Rocks' DRF 7/12/08 Excerpt: "We'll talk it over and see how he comes out of it," Jackson said. "It will probably be a week or so before we see how he rebounds. I think he needs another turf test to test whether he's good. That's my feeling, but we'll see what Steve says. If we don't go turf, we know what he can do on the dirt. He didn't embarrass me or himself."

Red Rocks Rolls By Curlin in Man o' War Bloodhorse 7/12/08 Excerpt: “I’m disappointed, but this is not a setback. And the horse that beat him is a very good horse, and I congratulate them on a great race." (Jess Jackson)

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CURLIN ROCKED ON TURF DEBUT Sportinglife (UK)7/12/08

Racing fans await Curlin’s switch to turf in Man o’ War TB Times 7/12/08

Curlin facing tough turf test in Man o’ War TB Times 7/10/08 Excerpt: “It’s another great test for a great horse,” Asmussen said. “It’s a big test that we have in front of us in the accomplishments of the field and who they are. It’s our first step on the turf and there are so many questions. But I can’t say enough about how proud we are to be involved with Curlin.” “It’s a race,” Asmussen said. “You want to see how fast you are and his consistency. The races that he spoiled us with all of last year as well as early in this year—we want more of the same.”

Curlin Off Steroid and on Roll Once Again NY Times 7/10/08 by Joe Drape. Excerpt: “I’m trying to prove that Curlin is a real champion, and that we can race horses into their 4-year-old years and beyond,” said Jackson, 78, the founder and owner of Kendall-Jackson Winery. “I want to show the industry that we can breed horses with stamina and durability, and race them clean.”

Curlin Headed to Belmont for Man o' War Bloodhorse 7/8/08 Excerpt: As for the decision to run Curlin on the turf, Asmussen said, “It’s for the horse’s legacy. To have won the Breeders’ Cup Classic in such a strong running last year, and to win the Dubai World Cup, I think international racing is going to be very strong in the future and I want Curlin to be in the forefront of that movement. The Classic being run on a synthetic surface was not a factor. With what we’d like to get done with Curlin is something nobody’s done before. Back-to-back Breeders’ Cup winners is pretty amazing in one sense, but it’s been done before.”

Curlin in Final Prep for Turf Debut Bloodhorse 7/7/08 Excerpt: “He’s an awesome horse – I’m excited,” Asmussen said. “It looks like we ought to know something on the licensing today (July 7), I understand. We’re obviously very anxious about that.” and “That race is coming up fabulous,” said Asmussen. “If you’re going to venture overseas, you don’t want to be kidding yourself about how good or bad you are on the turf.”

Curlin works. Next stop, turf DRF 7/7/08

Curlin Go Bragh Bloodhorse by Steve Haskin. Speculations regarding Curlin's path towards the Arc in France.

Asmussen pointing Curlin to Man o' War DRF 7/4/08 Excerpt: Asmussen planned to work Curlin for a second time on turf on Monday at Churchill Downs and then await word on licensing before making shipping arrangements.

Curlin has first work on turf DRF 7/1/08

Curlin Shows Affinity for Grass Bloodhorse 7/1/08 Excerpt: “He was as fluid as always,” Albarado said. “He’s got a great way of moving and he covers a lot of ground and I felt like this morning was no different. His initial steps on the turf were like he knew where he was the whole time. He’s a horse who’s very smart now and he’s very aware of his surroundings, and this morning he felt great.” “I was more nervous working him this morning than I was riding him in the Foster – that’s the honest truth,” Albarado said. “It’s his first time on the turf and it’s an exciting time for all of us.”

Curlin pleases connections in turf workout TB Times 7/1/08 excerpt: “It was very exciting to work him [on the turf]. He’s a tremendous athlete,” said trainer Steve Asmussen. “I was very pleased with how he looked. The main thing is that Robby loved how he felt. … and “One thing that I really liked about it is that when he went on the turf course and jogged off he kept that presence about him, no caution, no worry. He was very confident and very relaxed behind the horse and paced him well.

Curlin and Big Brown Head in Different Directions Horserace Insider 6/23/08

Curlin back on track at Churchill Downs TB Times 6/23/08

Track may up purse as a lure for Curlin DRF 6/20/08 Excerpt: That phase of Curlin's globe-trotting year could take him first either to Chicago or to New York, but where the Man o' War offers a $500,000 purse, the Arlington Handicap is worth $200,000. And while Asmussen called such considerations "premature" on Friday, Arlington officials have given thought to making their race the most attractive option for Curlin...

Curlin could try the Arc DRF 6/16/08

Asmussen to test Curlin on turf for possible Arc bid TB Times 6/15/08 Excerpt: Asmussen said he would rely on his brother Cash, a retired jockey who won the 1991 Arc aboard Suave Dancer, to help him prepare Curlin for one of the most important races in the world, which draws middle-distance turf stars from across the globe

Curlin's Circle Considering Arc Attack Bloodhorse 6/15/08

It's Churchill down, fun to go for Curlin Courier-Journal (KY) 6/15/08. Excerpt: So with a serious goal of running in France's Arc de Triomphe -- Europe's most prestigious race, which is run on turf -- he and Jackson said Curlin would also have a prep at Longchamp and Asmussen said he'd like to see Curlin's next start be in a month over a large turf course such as Belmont (which has the $500,000, Grade I Man o' War), Arlington (the $200,000, Grade III Arlington Handicap) or Toronto's Woodbine (which doesn't have a race but has slots revenue to make one happen).

Curlin is the gift that keeps on running Courier-Journal (KY) 6/15/08 Excerpt: In an era where horses are retired, syndicated and booked with the most amazing mares as quickly as possible, Jackson wants to let Curlin run.

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Curlin puts on a show DRF 6/14/08 "He's so manageable now," said Albarado. "He made the lead turning for home, as he's accustomed to, and went on and proved he's the best horse in the world.

Horse of the Year Curlin continues dominance in Stephen Foster TB Times 5/14/08 Excerpt: "I looked up on the Jumbotron and I was way in front. He still amazes me with his routine brilliance,” Albarado said of Curlin, who carried 128 pounds and conceded from ten to 15 pounds to nine challengers. The impost is the most carried in a Grade 1 win since Skip Away carried 128 pounds while winning the 1998 Pimlico Special Handicap (G1).

Curlin Waltzes to Stephen Foster Victory Bloodhorse 6/14/08 Excerpt: “It’s such an honor to be involved with this horse - he is such a beautiful animal," Asmussen said. "I’m so thankful to Mr. Jackson and the whole Stonestreet group and Midnight Cry to bring him back as a 4-year-old and just letting us enjoy him.”

Curlin ready to begin second season in Stephen Foster TB Times 6/13/08 Excerpt: “I’m very anxious to run him,” Asmussen said. “He is a very exciting horse to be around, and this is his purpose. He’s very dialed in.

Curlin One to Catch in Cash-Rich 'Foster Bloodhorse 6/11/08 Curlin drew post position no. 1...

Curlin carries weight of expectations DRF 6/10/08 Excerpt: "He needs to run," Asmussen said. "My issue with the weight is: June, 128. If he carries 128 now, where are you going to end up if you have success? We haven't had anybody carry that much in 10 years," referring to a 1998 campaign in which Skip Away won the Pimlico Special with 128 and the Iselin Handicap with 131.

Asmussen 's comments about Dutrow and Big Brown: "He said a lot of things. I'm not known for kicking people when they're down. Obviously, the Big Brown people have their issues. How about getting all the air knocked out of you like that?" Recalling Curlin's narrow defeat by Rags to Riches in the 2007 Belmont, Asmussen said, "I know how disappointed I was last year when I got beat a head. I can't even imagine being disappointed like they were Saturday. I don't want to imagine it."

Curlin Expected to Make Stephen Foster Bloodhorse 6/10/08

Curlin breezes, but still on fence for Foster DRF 6/9/08 Excerpt: “He’s prepped for the race, but I don’t like the weights at all,” said Asmussen. “I thought 126 would have been enough.”

Curlin given 128 for Foster; Asmussen miffed ESPN Horse Racing (by DRF) 6/7/08

Churchill raises Foster purse to draw Curlin DRF 6/4/08 Excerpt: "an effort to guarantee a top-notch field that will take the status of this important race to an even higher level." (Churchill president Steve Sexton)

Curlin Sharp in Six-Furlong Work Bloodhorse 5/26/08

Curlin vs. Big Brown: Could it happen? DRF 5/23/08

Horse Racing's Would-Be Savior Wall Street Journal 5/16/08 About Curlin's owner, Jess Jackson.

Curlin to the Arc? The Rail (NY Times) by Alex Brown 5/11/08

Horse of the Year Curlin nominated for Arc TB Times 5/9/08

Curlin Ships Back to Belmont from Dubai Bloodhorse 4/3/08 THE CHAMP IS BACK IN U.S.!!!

Curlin connections plot summer campaign following Dubai triumph TB Times 3/30/08 Excerpt: "I've got a feeling Curlin is going to be seeing a lot of three- and four-horse fields the rest of the year over there," he said with a chuckle. (Mike de Kock, Asiatic Boy's trainer)

Curlin crowned the best in the world From Dubai World Cup website

Curlin romps by record margin DRF 3/30/08 Excerpt: "To be around this so long, to grow up in a racing family, and to have the best horse in the world - unbelievable," said Asmussen.

Curlin crushes competition on global stage in World Cup TB Times 3/29/08 Excerpt: "He dispatched the two challengers with just a few powerful strides and opened a commanding advantage under jockey Robby Albarado." and "We wanted to see if he could compete against the best of the world, and today we saw that he can,” Jackson said after the race.

Curlin Conquers the World Bloodhorse 3/29/08

CURLIN ON TOP OF THE WORLD Sportinglife 3/29/08

Curlin romps in Dubai World Cup DRF 3/29/08

Curlin groomed to win at Dubai World Cup Emirates Business 24/7 Excerpt: “I’m hoping to show the world by example that you can hold a horse until three. I want Curlin to show that you can run at three, you can run at four." (Jackson) and “My one true hope for Curlin is that he will help establish a change in American attitude towards stamina and distance, and overcome the economic imperative of retiring a horse too soon and not letting them develop.”

Spotlight shines on Curlin on Dubai World Cup day TB Times 3/28/08 Excerpt: "He has a presence and a look about him that people are attracted to. … He's an exceptional horse with a tremendous amount of confidence. He exudes it around other horses and he exudes it around me. He has a very intelligent eye … he's just the complete package." (Blasi) and "I think you have to be very cautious about talking about trainers and other people's horses.They can all win or they wouldn't be here. You have to focus on your own horse. You still have to beat all the other horses to the line to win." (Blasi)

‘Perfect’ Curlin Has World at his Feet Bloodhorse 3/27/08 Excerpt: "Ears pricked, he surveyed the masses with the curiosity of one who knows he is the center of attention" and "Curlin galloped past the crowd like a fireball in the searing sun" and "The race is for second place" (a japanese TV commentator)

Curlin Takes on the World in Dubai Bloodhorse 3/26/08

Albarado Confident on Curlin in Dubai Bloodhorse 3/25/08

Large Field Expected for Dubai World Cup Bloodhorse 3/17/08

Curlin in Sharp Workout for World Cup Bloodhorse 3/17/08

Curlin 'Awesome' in World Cup Workout Bloodhorse 3/10/08 “He’s an exceptional horse — he just does everything so easily.” (Blasi)

Curlin Romps in Dubai Bloodhorse 2/28/08

DUBAI STROLL FOR CURLIN Sportinglife 2/28/08 Curlin - cantered home.

Curlin breezes to victory in Dubai World Cup prep TB Times 2/28/08

Curlin easy winner in World Cup prep DRF 2/28/08 Excerpt: While Curlin appeared to be running easily, and clearly was not being asked for his best, he stopped the timer in a fast 2:00.60, just more than one second slower than the track record, set by Dubai Millennium in the 2000 World Cup. Curlin carried 132 pounds, 15 more than his rivals

Curlin ready for his desert debut DRF 2/26/08

Curlin to face five challengers in 2008 debut TB Times 2/26/08

Curlin Works Half-Mile in Dubai Bloodhorse 2/23/08

Curlin takes first trip around Nad al Sheba TB Times 2/20/08

Curlin Settles in at Nad Al Sheba Bloodhorse 2/18/08

Curlin to Gulfstream Before Dubai Bloodhorse 2/15/08

Curlin in tip-top shape for Dubai trip DRF 2/13/08 excerpt: "Only an extraordinary horse could do what he did, but we needed a solid work in him before we shipped over," Blasi said. "He's in great physical condition."

Curlin Going to Dubai World Cup Bloodhorse 2/4/08

Curlin, Pyro Impressive in Workouts Bloodhorse 1/30/08

Curlin Works at Fair Grounds Bloodhorse 1/24/08

Judge denies effort to force Curlin 20% sale The Courier-Journal (KY) 1/22/08

World Cup Card Has Strong Nominees Bloodhorse 1/22/08 "Curlin, the 2007 Horse of the Year in North America and officially the world’s highest-rated horse still in training, heads a list of 169 horses nominated for the $6-million Dubai World Cup..."

Horse of the Year Curlin Races On Bloodhorse 1/22/08 YES - Curlin will keep racing in 2008 (and possibly in 2009 as well)!!! :))

Horse of the Year Curlin stars at Eclipse Awards TB Times 1/21/08

Curlin’s rise to be on display at Eclipse Awards TB Times 1/20/08

U.S.-Based Horses Rank High on List Bloodhorse 1/15/08 CURLIN best horse to have raced in North America 2007!!!

Curlin Interest May Be Auctioned Bloodhorse 1/8/08

Curlin Posts Work at Fair Grounds Bloodhorse 1/6/08

Media 2007

Asmussen looking toward Dubai World Cup with Curlin Bloodhorse 12/28/07

Stonestreet Controls 80% of Curlin Bloodhorse 12/20/07

Decision on Curlin near DRF 12/18/07

Steve Haskin's Classic Recap: Curl Jam BloodHorse 10/31/07 (real nice story about the great CURLIN!!)

Eclipse Awards a No-Brainer This Year BloodHorse (Steve Haskin) 10/30/07

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Breeders' Cup World Championships Results Horse-races.net 10/27/07 LOTS OF GREAT CURLIN-PICTURES!!!

Asmussen wants to see Curlin stay in training Thoroughbred Times 10/28/07

Curlin Edges Lawyer Ron in Gold Cup Thriller Blood-Horse article 9/30/07 excerpt: "We’ll all meet in a month’s time, probably to decide a lot of honors." (Asmussen, about the upcoming Breeders Cup...)

The Jockey Club Gold Cup, September 30th, 2007 http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1175/1470068934_aa569feae8_m.jpg

Curlin reels in Lawyer Ron to win Gold Cup Daily Racing Form article 9/30/07 excerpt: "I think he's an outstanding horse and he proved so once again today." (Asmussen)

Others must step up to beat Lawyer Ron Daily Racing Form article 9/28/07 ...about The Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont

Curlin Works Five Furlongs at Saratoga Blood Horse article August 27, 2007

Discussions on ABR

Curlin announcement (?) 5/4/08

Curlin To Parade at Churchill Downs 5/2/08

Curlin Straight to Dubai World Cup 2/4/08 Discussion about Curlin's trip to Dubai, good/bad?

Curlin is our Barbaro hero?11/10/07

To Curlin .... and all of them...... 10/30/07

How about that Curlin?!! 10/27/07 after winning the Breeder's Cup CLASSIC

Jockey Gold Cup - GO CURLIN! 9/30/07

CURLIN NOW THE FAVORITE IN JGC 9/30/07

Curlin!!! 9/30/07

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!! CURLIN!!! 9/30/07

Rags, Curlin and The Belmont Stakes 9/30/07

Your thoughts & comments about CURLIN

Except for the fact that CURLIN is an amazing RUNNING MACHINE of a horse, I like the fact that he did NOT race as a 2 year old and STILL made it to the TC races. Since the TC races probably ALWAYS will be for 3 year olds (I don't expect a tradition as old as that one ever to change..?..), at least Curlin proved that it can still be done, WITHOUT racing and demanding TOO MUCH of the young TBs, and not rushing them too much. I also like the intellegent, yet a bit "worried" look Curlin has in his eyes. It really looks like he "thinks" a lot... :)

I hope we will get to follow his career for a (long) while longer - and that his owners are not in too much of a rush to retire him to stud! (swedishkat) July 7, 2007


WHAT A SPLENDID WAY TO FINISH YOUR 3 YEAR OLD SEASON AND YOUR FIRST SEASON, CURLIN!!! The Breeders Cup Classic win was absolutely OUTSTANDING! I am proud of you, you proved AGAIN that you are a great "running machine" and have matured during this year. I can't wait to see what you will do in the future - let's hope they will KEEP YOU RUNNING! :) From one of your FANS, Kat in TX Swedishkat 15:11, 1 November 2007 (EDT)


HARD CORE CURLIN LOVER HERE!!  :>)

The 2007 National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Poll, conducted by The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) through September 30. Rankings based on the votes of Thoroughbred racing media on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis with first place votes in parentheses:


   HORSE                    AGE  SEX     STARTS   1-2-3   PTS  PVS
   -----                    ---  ---     ------   -----   ---  ---
1. Curlin                    3   Colt       8     5-1-2   149    4
2. Street Sense (5)          3   Colt       7     4-3-0   131    1
3. Lawyer Ron (1)            4   Colt       7     4-2-1   117    2
4. Hard Spun                 3   Colt       9     4-2-1   104    6
5. Any Given Saturday (2)    3   Colt       7     4-1-1    90    3
7. Nashoba's Key             4   Filly      7     7-0-0    42    10
8. English Channel           5   Horse      6     3-2-0    38    -
9. Tiago                     3   Colt       7     4-0-1    22    -

(Cheryl G Indy, 3 October 2007)