It’s been a remarkable two months for CURLIN. In June and July alone, the two-time Horse of the Year has been represented by a Classic winner, an undefeated stakes winner, two new stakes horses, a track-record-setting juvenile, and one of the most exciting maiden winners we’ve seen all summer anywhere in the country.
CURLIN is now the nation’s #3 sophomore sire by earnings, the #4 sire by stakes winners and the #3 sire by stakes wins.
CURLIN’s son Palace Malice kicked things off early in June by defeating Preakness winner Oxbow and Derby winner Orb in the G1 Belmont S. for Dogwood Stable and trainer Todd Pletcher. The win followed a strong runner-up performance in the G1 Toyota Blue Grass S. and puts him on track for his next major target, the G1 Travers S. at Saratoga.
Out on the West Coast, the 3yo filly Stopshoppingdebbie achieved a natural hat trick in stakes competition, following her win in the May 26 Seattle H. with tallies in the June 23 Irish Day H. and July 14 Kent H.
Other CURLIN runners to earn black-type recently include Ol Donyo, a Lane’s End sales grad who ran second in Monmouth’s Just Smashing S. July 21; and Flash Forward, who ran second in Belmont’s Open Mind S. June 23.
CURLIN already has a trio of maiden special-winning 2yos, all of whom have won by daylight. Two of those came at Ellis Park on the same weekend. On July 13, the 2yo colt Ride On Curlin, a Lane’s End sales grad, dominated a 5 1/2-furlong on the dirt by 7 3/4 lengths while setting a track record. The win came a day after the 2yo filly Baroness Rose romped by three lengths in a one-mile turf MSW at the Kentucky oval.
Up at Arlington Park, the 2yo filly lived up to 3-5 favoritism to prevail by 3 1/2 lengths in a seven-furlong MSW July 19.
Also on July 13, Jay Eye See, a 3yo CURLIN colt, got his head down for a hard-fought victory in a 6f allowance at Monmouth, while Butterfly McQueen, a 3yo filly by CURLIN, posted an impressive 6-length tally in an Ascot handicap. On July 14, Lane’s End Sales grad Kolchak added another overseas handicap win for CURLIN.
At Del Mar July 21, trainer Bob Baffert unveiled an immensely promising filly in the form of Socialbug, a $300,000 KEESEP yearling who counts the brilliant Midnight Lute as a half-sibling. The talk of the track all day and sent off the prohibitive 1-2 choice, the 3yo CURLIN filly made all the pace and drew off to a 2 3/4-length decision.
The CURLINs are coming on! Keep an eye out for his yearlings at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga, where three of his youngsters have been catalogued.