For two seasons, he did it on the track. Now, CURLIN is leading the competition in the breeding shed. The two-time Horse of the Year registered three new winners last week–including two on the same day at Belmont Park–making him the fourth leading freshman sire with 11 individual winners.
Highlighting CURLIN’s Belmont winners on Oct. 19 was the $700,000 Keeneland September yearling Watrugonnadorosie, a 2yo filly owned by St. Elias Stable and West Point Thoroughbreds. Making her second start for the Bill Mott barn, the daughter of Tears I Cry (Chester House) won off by 2 1/4 lengths in a $73,000 maiden special going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Ron Gilbert and Highgrove Stud bred Watrugonnadorosie.
Later on the same card, the 2yo filly Flash Forward also got into the win column for CURLIN. A $180,000 September yearling, the MEB Racing-owned, Dominick Schettino-trained miss asserted to take a $50,000 seven-furlong maiden by 3/4 lengths. Flash Forward was bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.
A day before that, on Oct. 18, Pin Oak homebred Evolutionary graduated in her second career start in a six-furlong maiden special at Remington Park. Hammered down to even-money favoritism, 2yo filly rallied from seventh and drew off to a clear win for trainer Donnie Von Hemel.
CURLIN’s other winners include:
• Palace Malice, a 2yo colt who made his mark at the prestigious Saratoga meet. The heavily backed colt lived up to his 1-5 odds in an $80,000 MSW, rallying powerfully to a 3 1/2-length victory. Bred by Lane’s End’s Will Farish and trained by Todd Pletcher for Dogwood Stable, the $200,000 KEEAPR graduate had earned a gaudy 102 BRIS figure running second to the highly regarded Carried Interest on debut at Belmont July 5.
“He is the only CURLIN that we have, and we are very fond of this colt,” said Pletcher of Palace Malice. “We expected him to run well like he did first time out and maybe improve, but you never take anything for granted in this business. He’s still learning, and we were happy to see him win like this. It’s exciting to see a colt that is bred the way he is to show the kind of speed that he has, and you would think he would only improve as the distances stretch out.”
• Savanna la Mar, a 2yo Kirsten Rausing homebred filly who finished a strong second in the Listed Weatherbys Vat Services Star S. at Sandown Park. Previously, Savanna la Mar won a seven-furlong maiden at Chester for the Sir Mark Prescott stable.
• Lady of Luck, a 2yo filly who won by 2 1/2 lengths in her track debut in a maiden special weight at Ellis. Bred and owned by Fares Farm, who also bred CURLIN, and trained by Kellyn Gorder, Lady of Luck has a solid black-type pedigree. Her dam is the two-year-old stakes winner Lunarlady who is a sister to stakes winner Lunargal and a half-sister to Grade 3 winner and Preakness S. third Astrology, as well as to Grade 3 winner Lunarpal.
• Stopshoppingdebbie, a 2yo filly who rocketed through fractions of :21 4/5 and :44 4/5 and won off by seven lengths in an Emerald Downs maiden special. The Northwest Farms homebred is from a family that has enjoyed plenty of success with Lane’s End sires. Her three-parts sister Smarty Deb, by SMART STRIKE, was a three-time stakes-winning juvenile who some might remember finishing fifth in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in 2007 at odds of 8-1. Another sister, Shampoo, by GULCH, was a five-time stakes winner.
• Curlamorous, a 2yo filly bred and sold by Stonestreet who won at first asking at Delaware by two lengths.
CURLIN is also the sire of two winners in Russia. The 2yo colt Lucky First, bred by Becky Winemiller, won his career debut at Rostov-on-Don Hippodrome. Then Zimniy Dvorets, another juvenile colt by CURLIN, won the Summer Prize S., a Group 2 event in Russia, at the Central Moscow Hippodrome. He was bred in Kentucky by Aaron and Marie Jones.
Last year’s leading freshman sire by yearling median and average also continues to shine in the sales ring.
At the Japan Horse Racing Association Sale, a CURLIN yearling colt brought in excess of $552,000. The colt is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Rightly So.
In North America, CURLIN’s 2012 yearlings have brought $390,000, $300,000, $215,000, $175,000, $150,000 (3x), etc.
And of course, be on the lookout for more of CURLIN’s third-crop stars at Keeneland November, including no fewer than five weanlings from Lane’s End’s consignment!