It doesn’t seem like so long ago that two-time Horse of the Year CURLIN was dominating his competition on the racetrack, in prestigious races like the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic, G1 Dubai World Cup, and G1 Preakness S. But the son of SMART STRIKE will indeed have his first runners in 2012, and it seems only a matter of time before he’s once again dominating the competition–this time as a stallion.

CURLIN concluded 2011 as North America’s leading freshman sire by yearling and median average, and by a wide margin. His 41 yearlings that sold averaged $136,780, while his median stood at $95,000. Some of the stars on display included a striking daughter of Tears I Cry who sold to West Point Thoroughbreds for $700,000, while a Stonestreet Stable-bred half-sister to dual Classic winner Afleet Alex went to Besilu Stables for $500,000. A Lane’s End-bred and -consigned half-brother to G1SW Secret Status was hammered down to Centennial Farm for $450,000, and other individuals sold for $360,000, $300,000, $260,000, $240,000, $235,000, etc.

Those figures reflect the quality of CURLIN’s initial book. According to The Blood-Horse’s Market Watch, no freshman sire in North America had a better book than CURLIN in 2010. His mares had a Comparable Index of 3.72, which towered over contemporaries Big Brown (2.01), Midnight Lute (1.97), etc. CURLIN’s Class Performance Index–which evaluates the racing quality of the mares bred to a particular stallion–was an exceptionally high 5.43. Only one stallion had a better ranking, and CURLIN’s figure was well ahead of the third-placed Henrythenavigator (4.83).

In 2010, breeders bet on CURLIN with some of their best mares. In 2011, some of the best judges of horseflesh have bet on his yearlings. So in 2012, the smart money is on the big horse–CURLIN.

If you are looking for CURLIN two-year-olds, click here: http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/maidenwatch/pages/curlin.aspx

Click the following link to watch a video about Curlin’s 2 Year Olds: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheLanesEnd?ob=0&feature=results_main#p/a/u/0/jvd7AM5P_-k

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