Horsemen and women have been eagerly awaiting a chance to have a CURLIN in their barn, and are lining up to land a youngster by the brilliant two-time Horse of the Year at this year’s yearling sales. In fact, halfway through the Keeneland September Sale, no fewer than 18 CURLINS had sold for six-figure prices. It is no surprise then that CURLIN is leading all North American sires by both average and median. His 31 yearlings sold have averaged $167,838, while the his median of $130,000 is reflective of the consistent quality of his stock.
Leading the crush is a daughter of CURLIN out of the fine racefilly Tears I Cry (Chester House) who made $700,000 during Keeneland’s Book 1. Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds landed the handsome, leggy filly, who hails from the family of Street Cry (Ire), et al. A CURLIN half-sister to dual Classic winner and champion Afleet Alex brought $500,000 from Benjamin Leon’s Besilu Stables, and Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm secured a smartly bred filly out of GSW Win McCool–a half-sister to GISW Harmony Lodge and MGSW Graeme Hall–for $360,000. A half-sister to champion Midnight Lute was knocked down to Mike G. Rutherford for $300,000, while a Lane’s End-consigned half-brother to GSW Seductively sold to Flagg Lake II, LLC for $260,000.
Other CURLINs realized bids of $240,000 (Manfred & Penny Conrad), $235,000 (Mercedes Stable), $200,000 (My MeadowView LLC), $200,000 (Ken McPeek, agent), $180,000 (Reynolds Bell, agent), $180,000 (Brooklyn Boyz Stables/J.J. Crupi), $170,000 (2x) (K.K. Eishindo), $150,000 (Straightaway Farm), $130,000 (H.C. & T.O. Meyerhoff), $125,000 (Ken McPeek, agent), $105,000 (Jimmy Miranda, agent for Jeffrey Tucker), $100,000 (Sovereign Stable), etc. Others buyers included Lane’s End’s Woodford Racing, Phil Oliver, David Redvers Bloodstock, M & M Racing, etc.
At Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga Sale, meanwhile, a Lane’s End-bred and -consigned half-brother to GI Kentucky Oaks heroine Secret Status (A.P. INDY) and MGSW Alumni Hall was secured by Centennial Farms for $450,000.
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.