How’s this for an indicator of stallion success: a Classic winner in a sire’s first crop. Distorted Humor had Funny Cide. Street Cry (Ire) had Street Sense. Medaglia d’Oro sired the Kentucky Oaks heroine Rachel Alexandra.

All three of those sires have gone on to remarkable careers, and in 2014, each will stand for $100,000.

This year, it was CURLIN‘s turn to announce himself as the next big sire in the making. His 3yo son Palace Malice emerged as one of the best of his division with a stirring open-lengths win in the G1 Belmont S. He followed that with a comprehensive one-length victory over Will Take Charge and Moreno in the G2 Jim Dandy S.

Beaten a combined 1 3/4 lengths in the GI Blue Grass S. (2nd), G2 Risen Star S. (3rd) and GI Travers S. (a troubled 4th), Palace Malice was a clear-cut second in the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup facing elders and is now a shoe-in as an Eclipse Award finalist.

CURLIN is the sire of four other first-crop stakes winners, including the Belmont stakes winners Ol Donyo and Flash Forward, and the undefeated four-time stakes winner Stopshoppingdebbie.

CURLIN now stands as the nation’s #3 second-crop sire, and his progeny only figure to improve as they get older.

All of which means that, at a 2014 fee of $25,000, CURLIN offers outstanding value for breeders looking for Classic success and beyond.

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