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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Curlin Rolls On

- I think it's fair to use the characterization "toyed with" to describe the way that Curlin and Robby Albarado handled the World Cup field. The rider had no qualms about being hung out three wide on the long turn, and still had Curlin wrapped up as they crept up to the leaders in upper stretch. Once he asked him to run, he was gone.

Curlin seems unstoppable and indestructible right now, and the usual concerns about how a horse reacts to the trip don't seem to apply. I'm sure he'll get a break before the big summer/fall races, and he can instead spend some time helping his young friend Pyro accomplish what he wasn't quite ready to do last year.

- I just saw an ad on TVG for next week's Ashland featuring the "undefeated" Indian Blessing looking to continue her streak in next week's Ashland. Hello?


Anonymous said...

Now with Curlin showing some moxie in the handicap division, there's finally something to get excited about. And as you know, for me it sure ain't the KY Derby wannabes with the usual cast of one hit wonders in the making! Curlin, racing at 4, is finally able to prove that he not only had a very good year last year but may have some staying power as a mature race horse. Wouldn't that be a treat? Hats off to Mr Jess Jackson, the CA vintner who nailed the KY breeder/auction crooks and now seems determined to campaign a true handicap division horse. Now, if some other owners would catch on to this move, and provide some competition, racing just might begin to attract some fans back to the track and some new ones as well. /S/Green Mtn Punter

libby said...

Yes, I am loving this finally Curlin gets respect!

Harl said...

BIG BROWN = 2008 KY Derby Champ.

jk said...

Big Brown looked a little winded at the end but he was so much the best it did not matter.

Power Cap said...

Hear hear Green Mtn Punter. Racing could be the most exciting game in the world if the horses actually raced.

Anonymous said...

He looked awesome but I still have a hard time believing a son of Boundary out of a Nuryev mare is getting 10f.

Will be taking a big step up in class to boot, he beat maybe one true graded stakes horse yesterday.