Curlin

May 23 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency WELL-BRED BERNARDINI DEBUTS AT CHURCHILL 3rd-CD, $79K, Msw, 3yo, 6 1/2f, 2:00p.m. Colts Neck Stables' SHADOW BOAT (Bernardini) makes his career bow in this spot for trainer Jorge Duarte, Jr. The $80,000 KEESEP buy is a half-sibling to GI Breeders' Cup F/M Turf victress and millionaire Shared Account (Pleasantly Perfect), who is the dam of GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner and 'TDN Rising Star' Sharing (Speightstown), who makes her 3-year-old debut in Saturday's Tepin S.; and SW Riley's Choice (Distorted Humor). Shadow Boat...

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May 22 Insights: Big-Fig Debut Winners Clash in Churchill Allowance

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 8th-CD, $81K, Alw/Opt. Clm ($75K), 7f, 3yo, f, 4:40 p.m. ET Two well-regarded sophomore fillies who earned lofty Beyer numbers in first-out victories will knock heads in this seven-furlong first-level allowance under the Twin Spires Friday. OXO Equine's CENTER AISLE (Into Mischief) was the third-highest lot to sell at last year's Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale when hammering for $1.5 million, and backed that price up with a strong debut success Mar. 29 at Gulfstream, stalking the speed and edging clear to score by 3 3/4 lengths...

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A Leading ‘Lady’ for Sikura, Hill ‘n’ Dale

Hailing from the same shedrow of Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen isn't the only thing that recent, ultra-impressive Oaklawn Park winners Casual (f, 3, by Curlin) and Volatile (c, 4, by Violence) have in common. The promising duo--both bred in Kentucky by Hill 'n' Dale Equine Holdings, Inc. and Stretch Run Ventures, LLC--trace their lineage back to the millionaire and brilliant two-time Saratoga Grade I winner and the Asmussen-trained Lady Tak (Mutakddim). After acquiring an interest privately in the GI Test S. and GI Ballerina H. heroine from owners...

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‘Campaign’ Unites Legacies of Tragic Dam and ‘Gray Ghost’

The present crisis will perhaps find horsemen a little more stoical than most. When it comes to biding their time, after all, the Thoroughbred gives them plenty of practice. Nonetheless it must test the patience more than anything to have a racehorse just back to fitness this spring after a long lay-off, only to find most of the racing program immersed by the pandemic. What a relief for his connections then that Global Campaign (Curlin) was able to find a landing strip for his touchdown, after a nine-month absence, at...

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GSW Global Campaign wins 2020 Debut

11th-Gulfstream, $41,000, Alw (C), Opt. Clm ($75,000), 4-25, 4yo/up, 7f, 1:21.71, ft. GLOBAL CAMPAIGN (c, 4, Curlin--Globe Trot, by A.P. Indy), named a 'TDN Rising Star' off a debut victory over track and trip last January, bounced back from a fifth to Code of Honor (Noble Mission {GB}) in the GII Fountain of Youth S. to defeat next-out GI Belmont S. winner Sir Winston (Awesome Again) in the GIII Peter Pan S. Connections passed on the Belmont and the $250,000 KEESEP yearling was last seen finishing third in the GII...

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Apr. 26 Insights: Mott Unveils Curlin Filly

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 8th-GP, $60K, Msw, 3yo, f, 7f, 4:25 p.m. Bill Mott sends out first-timer and WinStar homebred PARIS LIGHTS (Curlin) in this test. Her dam Paris Bikini (Bernardini), a $425,000 purchase at Keeneland January in 2016, is a three-quarter sister to Grade III winner and dual Grade I-placed America (A.P. Indy). The latter is the dam of the now 2-year-old colt Virtuous Intention (Curlin), who fetched $1.5 million from West Point, Woodford, Siena, Valdes, Singleton, Sandbrook & Freeman at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale. This is...

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Blue-Blooded Curlin Filly Impressive in Oaklawn Debut

5th-Oaklawn, $60,000, Msw, 4-11, 3yo, f, 6f, 1:09.24, ft. CASUAL (f, 3, Curlin--Lady Tak {MGISW, $1,160,782}, by Mutakddim), off at 9-2 following a string of sharp morning drills, settled just behind the leading draft led by Millennium Force (Declaration of War) through a quick :21.60 quarter. Still cruising through a half mile in :44.85, Casual was locked and loaded entering the home turn, but was still blocked behind a wall of horses. Finally finding the sliver of daylight she needed, she cut her way through rivals in the stretch, and...

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Apr. 11 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency WELL-BRED CURLIN FILLY DEBUTS AT OAKLAWN 5th-OP, $60K, Msw, 3yo, f, 6f, 3:41p.m. Steve Asmussen unveils a blue-blooded filly in Hill 'n' Dale and Stretch Run homebred CASUAL (Curlin). Out of MGISW and millionaire Lady Tak (Mutakddim), the chestnut is a half-sister to SW & GSP Japanese runner and millionaire A Shin Spartan (Zensational and SW Melody Lady (Unbridled's Song), who is the dam of SW & GSP Buy Sell Hold (Violence). TJCIS PPs   PLETCHER UNVEILS EXPENSIVE LIAM'S MAP 8th-GP, $45K, Msw, 3yo/up, 1mT,...

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Stage Magic Produces Half-Sister to Justify

Stage Magic (Ghostzapper-Magical Illusion, by Pulpit), dam of champion Justify (Scat Daddy), produced a half-sister by Curlin to the Triple Crown winner in the early hours Tuesday at John Gunther's Glennwood Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. "We are quite excited to have a filly," Gunther's daughter Tanya said Tuesday morning. "We don't fetal sex our mares, so we never know what we are going to get. We were very keen to get a filly since we don't have one out of the mare. So that was very good news. And just...

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Eight Vintage Dubai World Cups

If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, Saturday would have been the 25th renewal of the Dubai World Cup. The iconic 2000-metre dirt race (and for five renewals synthetic) has held sway as the world's richest race for 22 of its 24 renewals, first at Nad Al Sheba and later Meydan, and it has produced some sterling results. The TDN's Tom Frary has paid homage to Dubai Millennium (GB) on the 20th anniversary of his victory, and so with that notable performance aside we look back on some of the other...

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Dream Tree in Foal to Curlin

Grade I winner Dream Tree (Uncle Mo--Afleet Maggi, by Afleet Alex) is carrying her first foal by Curlin. Owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds and trained by Bob Baffert, the $750,000 FTFMAR buy won five of seven races for earnings of $529,845. Her career highlights include wins in the 2017 GI Starlet S. and 2018 GII Las Virgenes S. and GII Prioress S. "Dream Tree has been a special horse for us," said Phoenix Thoroughbreds head of US operations Tom Ludt. "She had a great will to win and was a true...

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Mar. 21 Insights

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency HALF TO BRILL DEBUTS IN ARCADIA 9th-SA, $55K, Msw, 3yo/up, f/m 1mT, 7:39p.m. Larry Best's OXO Equine went to $420,000 at KEENOV to acquire MADISON PARC (Curlin) and she makes her debut in this spot. Out of SW Hung the Moon (Malibu Moon), she is a half-sister to Best's SW & GISP 'TDN Rising Star' Brill (Medaglia d'Oro), who topped FTKJUL at $1 million. TJCIS PPs

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