Horsemen have been eagerly awaiting a chance to have a CURLIN in their barn, and will get their first chance to land a youngster by the brilliant two-time Horse of the Year this summer and fall. Expectations are certainly high, but if his yearlings run to their looks, CURLIN could be as big a force in the breeding shed as he was on the track. And what a force he was. A re-rallying winner of the G1 Preakness S. over Derby hero Street Sense as a three-year-old, the son of SMART STRIKE beat his accomplished elder Lawyer Ron (by LANGFUHR) in the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup, then put up one of the most dominant performance in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic ever, romping by nearly five length lengths over Hard Spun. Sportingly returned to training at four by majority owner Stonestreet Stable, CURLIN collected four more Grade 1s, including the $6 million G1 Dubai World Cup, G1 Stephen Foster, G1 Woodward S. and a repeat performance in the Gold Cup. That latter victory helped push his earnings to $10,501,800, making CURLIN the richest Thoroughbred of all time. Those accomplishments, allowed with a sterling pedigree and a nearly unmatched physical, also make CURLIN one of the most exciting stud prospects in years. And the experts are beginning to line up. Said Bill Oppenheim, “I look for him to challenge the early European commercial domination of this sire crop at the yearling sales.”

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