January 13, 2014

When breeders first sent mares to CURLIN, it’s safe to say they hoped to get horses made in his mold: two-turn Classic horses who excelled as the distances got longer. As members of that first crop hit the track, those horses began to show that’s exactly what they were.

Case in point was CURLIN’s outstanding son Palace Malice. The Dogwood Stable-owned, Todd Pletcher-trained colt gave indications of his talent early with placings in the G1 Toyota Blue Grass S. and G2 Risen Star S. in the spring of 2013, then had his coming out party in the G1 Belmont S. over the likes of Oxbow, Orb and Will Take Charge. If anyone thought the race was an anomaly, Palace Malice followed up with a smashing win in the G2 Jim Dandy S. at Saratoga. He also ran second against older horses in the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Here’s a look at CURLIN’s 2013 by the numbers:

  • #3 Second-Crop Sire by Earnings
  • #3 Second-Crop Sire by Stakes Winners
  • #2 Second-Crop Sire by Stakes Horses
  • #3 SecondCrop Sire by Graded Horses
  • #2 Second Crop Sire by Grade 1 Winners
  • 5 SWs
  • 13 SHs
  • 1st-crop Classic Winner
  • Yearlings sold for up to $475,000
  • 2yos-in-training sold $270,000, $210,000, etc.

Notable winners:

  • PALACE MALICE, 3yo, c – G1 Belmont S., G2 Jim Dandy S., etc.
  • OL DONYO – 3yo, f – Zaftig S.
  • FLASH FORWARD – 3yo, f – My Flag S.
  • STOPSHOPPINGDEBBIE – 3yo, f – Washington Oaks, Kent H., etc.
  • COUNTESS CURLIN – 3yo, f – Island Fashion S.
  • RIDE ON CURLIN – 2yo, c – 3rd G1 Champagne S.
  • MARIA MARIA – 3yo, f – 3rd Arlington-Washington Lassie S.

CURLIN runners did their best work on racing’s biggest stages. The fillies Ol Donyo, a Lane’s End sales grad, and Flash Forward won stakes at Belmont and Saratoga, respectively, while Ride on Curlin placed third in the G1 Champagne S. at Belmont. The latter highlighted an exciting juvenile crop for CURLIN that also included the Arlington Park stakes performer Maria Maria and the Saratoga stakes filly Miss Frost, as well as the Lane’s End homebred Top Billing. That Shug McGaughey-trained colt raised eyebrows with a dramatic debut win at Laurel, when he trailed some 15 lengths early before rallying to win by 5 1/4, and is now a leading Triple Crown prospect. Just what you’d expect from a son of CURLIN!

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