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   Post Race AttentionMost of the crowd had straggled out of Nad Al Sheba Racecourse and there were no other horses in the holding barn behind the grandstand when Curlin returned there from the test barn following the greatest victory of his career.

     Ears up, eyes bright, he walked with the lilting stride of a horse who surely knew what he had just accomplished.

    In this private moment, trainer Steve Asmusssen and assistant trainer Scott Blasi tended to the big chestnut colt as exercise rider Carlos Rosas held the shank.

    With Asmussen on his left and Blasi on his right, Curlin stood quietly as they bandaged his legs for the short van ride back to his stall in Barn 3 of the quarantine area on the backstretch.

    “This is how it all started,” said Asmussen with a smile at the recollection, kneeling in his suit in the stall’s shavings as he rapidly wound the white wraps.

    “Yes, when I ran all the help off, it was just you and me,” Blasi replied with a chuckle.

    “That’s when I found out how hard you really wanted to work,” Asmussen retorted.

      With Rosas taking Curlin’s pony Pancho first as Asmussen called out to the white Quarter Horse, “Lead the way, old man,” the group made their way toward the waiting van.

      When Curlin climbed aboard, both Blasi and Asmussen stroked his neck. The colt nodded his head happily at their touch, the doors were closed and off they went into the darkness and toward the next chapter in what Asmussen has described as Curlin’s legacy to racing.



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I prayed for Curlin to come out of the race ok, and for a blog like this to wrap the whole thing up with a van ride in the night with  a hope of a champion for all of us horse lovers and casual viewers,. Curlin is a hero for the US.

 You really showed us how proper preparation and shear God given talent can make us so happy and proud, Keep up the good work! Congats   YOU ROCK!!!

Also, Nice Job Michele

30 Mar 2008 6:51 PM
Alex Kaplun


I've seen this race and still can not believe such a horse exists and not in stud yet!

Thanks G-d we can see him!

30 Mar 2008 6:58 PM

Thanks for a wonderful series of articles on the World Cup and Curlin, Pancho and all the connections. A nice job!!!!!

30 Mar 2008 7:42 PM

Congratulations Curlin, Beautiful, just beautiful..........what more can anyone say!!!

30 Mar 2008 10:08 PM

Thanks Michele.

I have really enjoyed reading this blog and having the opportunity to provide comments.

30 Mar 2008 10:36 PM

We can only pray that Curlin stays in training.  What an outstanding performance.  Asmussen has now exceeded Pletcher as America's premier trainer.

31 Mar 2008 12:52 AM

Awsome Performance!

02 Apr 2008 2:09 AM

As good as Curlin is - and that is very good - it reminds one how great a filly Rags to Riches is and what a monumental effort it took for her to win the Belmont over this guy.

02 Apr 2008 4:21 PM
Billy D.

With Curlin's victory in Dubai, it only cemented Rags to Riches stature as a broodmare. I knew she had class. I can't wait to see what she produces. As a pipedream, I'd love to see what Rags to Riches would produce if bred to Forty Niner.

19 Apr 2008 2:46 PM

Love that CURLIN!!!! he really did great....and love that Rags2Riches also, could they be bred???

non race horse knowledge....

21 Jul 2009 5:45 PM

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