Stellar Wind

The Nomination Struggle: Sean Tugel, WinStar Farm

Abel Tasman (Quality Road), Beholder (Henny Hughes), Stephanie's Kitten (Kitten's Joy), Plum Pretty (Medaglia d'Oro), Stellar Wind (Curlin) and Flower Alley (Distorted Humor). These names are recognizable champions, classic winners, and high-profile Grade I winners. Another common thread they all share is they were bred during their respective sires' third season, on stud fees ranging from $12,500 to $40,000. It took their breeders' confidence, gumption, and desire to not just go with the status quo and avoid young sires that were in their "bubble years." Breeding Thoroughbreds is a long-term...

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Inside the Winner's Circle: Cistron

"Inside the Winner's Circle, Presented by Keeneland" is a series showcasing graduates of the Keeneland September sale who have gone on to achieve success on racing's biggest stages. Trainer John Sadler does a lot of things well. But give him a chance to get a feel for a horse, what it needs and let it develop at its own pace and there may be no one better. It's probably no coincidence that the two best horses he's ever trained, Accelerate (Lookin at Lucky) and Stellar Wind (Curlin) both had their...

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Stellar Wind Much the Best in the Torrey Pines

Hronis Racing's Stellar Wind (Curlin) has had nothing short of an exceptional season. The chestnut took both the GII Santa Ysabel S. Feb. 28 and GI Santa Anita Oaks Apr. 4 going 1 1/16 miles in Arcadia. She closed decisively to finish fourth as the favorite behind Lovely Maria (Majesticperfection) when stretching out to 1 1/8 miles in the GI Kentucky Oaks May 1 and was given almost a two-month break after that run. She returned with a nose victory in the GII Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita June 20...

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