Curlin

Curlin’s Souper Sensational Earns ‘Rising Star’ Tag at Woodbine

Sent off the 1.35-1 favorite in what appeared to be an above-average Woodbine maiden Saturday afternoon, Live Oak Plantation's Souper Sensational (Curlin) lived up to her name at first asking, pulling confidently clear to graduate by a bit more than two lengths in a 'TDN Rising Star'-worthy performance. Beaten for speed, the $725,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga grad sat the box seat from third, but traveled nicely on the bridle, with her chief market rival-'Rising Star' Shirl's Speight's full-sister Speightstown Shirl (Speightstown)--lapped to her outside. The Fipke homebred got first run on...

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Immaculately Bred Curlin Firster Scores at Belmont

3rd-Belmont, $63,000, Msw, 9-26, 2yo, f, 1m, 1:39.43, ft. AMERICAN WEST (f, 2, Curlin--Jacaranda {GSW, $207,200}, by Congrats), a $925,000 Keeneland September purchase, sat relatively handy to a strong pace, came calling for the lead three off the inside at the furlong grounds and withstood a late rails rally from Millefeuille (Curlin) to graduate at first asking Saturday at Belmont Park. Settled in a stalking third as favored Jouster (Noble Mission {GB}) set the pace from expensive Louisiana-bred Leia Marie (Exaggerator), American West, chilly on the board at 5-1, was...

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Sept. 19 Insights

SATURDAY'S RACING INSIGHTS: By Christie DeBernardis Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency WELL-BRED CURLIN COLT DEBUTS IN NY 6th-BEL, $63K, Msw, 2yo, 1m, 3:36 p.m. St. Elias Stable homebred KNOWN AGENDA (Curlin) makes his career bow in this spot for Todd Pletcher. The chestnut is out of GISW Byrama (GB) (Byron {GB}), who is a half-sister to GSW Klammer (GB) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}). He enters off a pair of bullet works, most recently covering a half-mile in a best-of-29 :48 2/5 on Saratoga's Oklahoma training track Sept. 14. His entry-mate...

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Curlin Colt Leapfrogs Into Lead at KEESEP

A colt by Curlin has no shortage of new owners after Gainesway's Alex Solis signed the ticket on hip 282 at $1.2 million Monday at Keeneland. The new partnership includes Mike Repole, Vinnie Viola's St. Elias, Gainesway, John Oxley and Robert Clay's Grandview. "We've been talking about all the colts we liked and I really liked this colt," Solis said after signing the lengthy ticket. "I thought his mother was a pretty special filly. All week long I kept seeing him and thought I'd like to find a way to...

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Curlin’s Global Campaign Takes Them All the Way in Woodward

'TDN Rising Star' Global Campaign (Curlin) was sent straight to the front by Luis Saez and refused to lose in Saturday's GI Woodward S. at Saratoga. The 2019 GIII Peter Pan S. winner led through fractions of :24.65 and :48.89 with heavily favored Tacitus (Tapit), a jaw-dropping winner last out of the GII Suburban S., just waiting to pounce in second. Global Campaign held a narrow advantage as they hit the quarter pole and took off from there while hanging on his left lead down the stretch to gamely register...

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Pricey Curlin Colt Out of Taris Scores First-Time Out at Churchill

7th-Churchill Downs, $100,436, Msw, 9-3, 2yo, 1 1/16m, 1:45.55, ft. KING FURY (c, 2, Curlin--Taris {GISW, $1,086,260}, by Flatter), a $950,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling last year, donned cap and gown at first asking Thursday over the Churchill main track. Positioned midpack on the outside and always interested while in a good stalking spot in the strung-out field, the chestnut made a wide move on the turn after sitting behind fractions of :24.58 and :48.76. He came a bit awkwardly into the stretch, but ground down the leaders to shake clear...

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Thursday’s Insights: Expensive Curlin-Taris Colt Debuts Going Two Turns

7th-CD, $97K, Msw, 2yo, 1 1/16m, 4:16 p.m. ET KING FURY (Curlin), the first and only foal out of the late Grade I winner Taris (Flatter), makes his debut in this two-turn affair. King Fury brought $950,000 from Fern Circle Stables and Three Chimneys Farm as a FTSAUG yearling and is trained by Ken McPeek. 'TDN Rising Star' Taris, a $90,000 KEESEP yearling turned $2.35 million FTKNOV horse of racing age, concluded her career with a runaway win for Mrs. John Magnier, Michael B. Tabor, and Derrick Smith in the...

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Connect to Feature Several High-Profile Yearlings

Lane's End's Grade I-winning millionaire sire Connect is just weeks from seeing his first yearlings enter the sales ring. The son of top sire Curlin was recognized for his commercial appeal with his weanlings last year, and the farm hopes to emulate that success again this fall. Advertised at a $20,000 stud fee for the past three years, his first weanlings averaged $65,120 with 29 of 38 sold. "Connect was well supported last fall with his first crop of weanlings averaging nearly four times his stud fee," said Allaire Ryan,...

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Curlin Colt Graduates in Runhappy Juvenile Stakes

Pico d'Oro stormed to the lead in the dying strides to break his maiden in stakes company Sunday at Ellis Park. The bay colt, a well-beaten sixth on debut at Churchill Downs June 19, overcame traffic troubles to close for second, 3 1/4-lengths behind the front-running Medicine Trail, going six furlongs at this track July 19. With an extra furlong to work with Sunday, Pico d'Oro was at the tail of the field as Medicine Trail battled favored Cowan through an opening quarter in :22.29. Medicine Trail took control turning...

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Friday’s Racing Insights: Pricey Outwork Filly Debuts at Saratoga

5th-SAR, $62K, Msw, (S), 2yo, f, 5 1/2f, 3:28 p.m. ET SAMBORELLA (Outwork), the most expensive of 66 yearlings to change hands from the first crop of her sire when bringing $500,000 from Gold Square, It's All About The Girls Stable, Paul Braverman, Fortune Farm and Harlow Stables at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred Yearling Sale, debuts for Jeremiah Englehart. Produced by an unraced daughter of Tiznow, the bay is a half-sister to Bye Bye Hong Kong (Street Sense), SW & GSP-Eng; and last year's GIII Pilgrim S. third Our...

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Curlin’s Paris Lights Wins CCA Oaks Stretch Duel

Paris Lights (Curlin), an impressive winner of two straight at Churchill Downs, made her stakes debut a winning one with a ultra-game decision in Saturday's GI Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga. The 2-1 chance pressed runaway Bob Baffert-trained Santa Anita maiden winner Crystal Ball (Malibu Moon) from second through fractions of :24.43 and :47.82, and turned up the pressure as they hit the quarter pole. Paris Lights and Crystal Ball, both owned by WinStar Stablemates Racing, turned for home on even terms, and after a dramatic stretch duel, it...

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Curlin Filly Impresses in Keeneland Debut

6th-Keeneland, $69,123, Msw, 7-9, 3yo/up, f/m, 7f, 1:23.17, gd. PALIO FLAG (f, 3, Curlin--Private Ensign {GSP, $124,384}, by A.P. Indy) showed she had plenty of class in her unveiling Thursday with a good-looking victory. Breaking sharply from stall 10, the 4-1 shot stalked from a two-wide third through a :22.28 opening quarter and :45.27 half-mile. Drawing alongside the top two entering the turn, the chestnut rolled clear in the lane, holding off a belated bid from 3-2 chalk Movie Moxy (Street Sense) to win by a neck. It was 4...

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