The Evolution of Curlin


The end of the Triple Crown season means that I can give the Maiden Watch blog the attention it deserves. And just in time too, as the first Curlin entrant, the filly Evolutionary, is in action tomorrow at Arlington Park (see below). We have not missed any North American entries since the the last Maiden Watch post, but the Henrythenavigators have been busy in Europe. On June 4, Pedro the Great (colt; Henrythenavigator - Glatisant (GB) by Rainbow Quest) made his first start in the 6 furlong Alfred Nobel Rochestown Stakes over good to yielding ground at Naas, finishing 5th behind Dawn Approach, who became the first stakes winner for his sire, New Approach. On June 5, Henrythenavigator had three runners: Admiralofthesea (colt; Henrythenavigator - Duchess Royale (IRE) by Danehill) finished 6th at 6 furlongs over good to firm ground at Yarmouth, Henrietta Rose (filly; Henrythenavigator - Shermeen (IRE) by Desert Style (IRE)) finished 10th at 5 furlongs over good to soft ground at Leicester, and also at Leicester, Santo Prince (colt; Henrythenavigator - Sally Wood by Woodman) was 7th at 6 furlongs. Santo Prince is entered at Newbury on June 14. I will do a preview of that race tomorrow. Finally, on June 6, Fire and Flame (filly; Henrythenavigator - Twenty Eight Carat by Alydar) was 12th at 6 furlongs on good to yielding ground at Fairyhouse.

June 3 Result

Since my most recent blog post featured a preview of Protesting's second start, I will do a recap of that race from June 3.

The Lady Was Too Prohibiting

Dog (Rosberg - Sweetheart Rose by Awesome Again) was scratched, and the track was wet fast (sealed). The filly Officer's Charm (Officer - Wednesday's Out by Out of Place) was the 6-5 favorite. But she was a late scratch, which shook up the wagering. When the dust settled, Prohibiting (Midnight Lute - Blazing Cat by Tabasco Cat) was the new favorite. I thought this was a little curious, as Lady Henrietta (Forest Danger - Condeleezza S. by Alydeed), who had finished in front of Prohibiting on May 13, was also in the race. She was getting respect, however, at 2-1. Also taking some play was Rebus (Rosberg - Answerwithvictory by Vying Victor) at 5-2. Payton's Best (Cape Canaveral - Payton's Pride by Exclusive Era) looked good, and was getting a lot of air time. I was also liking Honey Skila (Skimming - Hyacinth by Defrere) a bit. The announcers remarked that Prohibiting looked ready to go 1 1/2 miles already. As noted before, he is a big guy, like his daddy. Lady Henrietta went right to the lead, and Prohibiting and Payton's Best set after her. Prohibiting kept after Lady Henrietta throughout, but she maintained her advantage, and then extended it late, winning by 1 1/2 lengths. Prohibiting was a clear second in front of Payton's Best and Bamboo Dream (Finality - Flom's Tizzy by Cee's Tizzy), who were necks apart in third and fourth. Rebus was another neck behind those, with a big gap to the trailers, Honey Skilia and Stoneridge Raider (Second in Command - Vendue Inn by Crafty Prospector). It was a nice run for Lady Henrietta, but also a promising second for Prohibiting. Let's hope he gets to go a little farther next time. Watch the Replay.

June 3, 2012
Hastings Race 3

Maiden Optional Claiming

Lady Henrietta

Payton's Best


June 13 Entry

The Evolution of Curlin

June 13, 2012
Arlington Park Race 1

Maiden Special Weight
5 furlongs
2-year-old fillies
Post Time 2:00 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Bethany Belle (KY)
2. Girls Rock N Rule (IL)
3. Courtney's Hope (KY)
4. Metonga Mist (FL)
5. Evolutionary (KY)
6. Heart to Me (FL)
7. Bugle Call (ON)

Evolutionary (Curlin - Gilded Wings by Gilded Times), who runs 5 furlongs at Arlington, is the first entrant for Curlin. Grade I winner Curlin did not run at two, but he did win his first three races at three, before finishing third in his fourth race, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Overally, Curlin ran 16 times, with 11 wins, 2 seconds, 2 thirds, and earnings of $10,501,800. He was named Horse of the Year for 2007 and 2008. Evolutionary has been working at Arlington, including 4 furlongs in :49.00 on June 8. She also worked 4 furlongs from the gate in :48.80 on June 1. She is out of stakes-placed Gilded Wings, who won 2 races at 2, and earned $180,150 in her career. Gilded Wings has produced 4 winners from 4 to run, including stakes-placed Fairing, who was a winner at 2. Gilded Wings is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winners Sense of Duty and Winning Point, who earned $370,170.

The only filly with experience is Metonga Mist (Mr Livingston - Proper Applause by Proper Reality), who made up some spots to finish third in a 4.5 furlong race at Arlington Park on May 11. It was her only start. Metonga Mist is out the winning mare Proper Applause, who has produced the winner Proper Direction. Proper Applause is a full sister to stakes-placed Proper Performer, and a half sister to 2 winners.

Selling for $70,000 as a yearling was Bugle Call (Lemon Drop Kid - Clambake (IRE) by Grand Lodge), who is out of the unplaced mare Clambake. Clambake is a half sister to 6 winners, including stakes winner Manyana, and group III winner Art Deco, who earned $213,740.

Bethany Belle (Successful Appeal - Come On Get Happy by Mr. Greeley) was purchased for $20,000 as a weanling, for $5,500 as a yearling, and for $22,000 at 2. She is a half sister to the winner Two Is to Many, who was a debut winner at 2.

Courtney's Hope (Henny Hughes - Mama Dean by Woodman) was purchased for $25,000 as a yearling, and for $20,000 at 2. She is out of grade III stakes-placed Mama Dean, who earned $260,190. Mama Dean has produced 4 winners, including Red Zone Flyer, a full brother to Courtney's Hope. Mama Dean is a half sister to 9 winners, including grade I winner Vicar, who earned $835,142.

Heart to Me (El Nino - Post Marked by Stop the Music) sold for $4,500 as a weanling, and is out of the winning mare Post Marked, who was placed at 2. Post Marked has produced 6 winners from 6 to run, including stakes winner Post Invader, and La Nina Brava, a full sister to Heart to Me. Two of her offspring won at 2, including Post Invader, who won her first 2 races that season, including the Cassidy Stakes. Post Marked is a half sister to 5 winners, including stakes winner Salty Note, who earned $298,183.

Girls Rock N Rule (Good Reward - Bonita Gail by Geiger Counter) is a half sister to 2 winners, including stakes-placed Class N Charm, who earned $114,217. Both of Girls Rock N Rule's winning siblings won at 2, and one was a debut winner at 2. Her dam, Bonita Gail, who was placed at 2, is a half sister to three winners.

Returning Workers

In order not to overwhelm the blog with works, I will only list those from today, June 12, 2012.

All That (colt; Big Brown - Miss Forest City by Coronado's Quest) went 3 furlongs in :37.83 at Saratoga.

Also at Saratoga, Aventurine (filly; Big Brown - Julie Truly by Miner's Mark) worked 4 furlongs in :52.35.

Mach Seven (colt; Big Brown - Little Miss Zip by City Zip) worked 4 furlongs from the gate at Fair Hill in :51.40.

Pass the Hat (colt; Big Brown - Procellous by Smarty Jones) went 2 furlongs in :24.00 at Crupi's New Castle Farm.

Smokey Brown (colt; Big Brown - Smokey Diplomacy by Dynaformer) worked 3 furlongs in :38.55 at Saratoga.

Air Squadron (colt; Curlin - Air France by French Deputy) worked 3 furlongs in :37.88 at Saratoga.

Lutesifer (colt; Midnight Lute - Lush Soldier by Lost Soldier) worked at Saratoga, 4 furlongs in :51.46.

At Belmont Park, Midnight Rider (filly; Midnight Lute - Ma Kitty by Meadowlake) worked 3 furlongs in :39.89.

At Churchill Downs, Mylute (colt; Midnight Lute - Stage Stop by Valid Expectations) went 4 furlongs in :49.60.

Midnight Rider (filly; Midnight Lute - Ma Kitty by Meadowlake) worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.60 at Hastings.

Love Tractor (filly; The Green Monkey - Soft as Velvet by Run Softly) worked 3 furlongs in :43.60 on a good track at Victory Haven Training Center.


Leave a Comment:

Criminal Type

This is just my opinion, but I have a feeling Curlin is going to be a mediocre stud at best. I think his career was carefully managed by Steve Assmussen and he is not as good as he appeared to be. I lost all respect for Steve Assmussen & Jess Jackson when they ran Rachel into the ground for the sake of HOY honors. She was never right after that brutal 3 yr old season. He gutted her and he tap danced Curlin around the competition.

13 Jun 2012 4:47 AM
Curlin 1:53.46

How good you think he was on the track has absolutely nothing to do with how he will be at stud. There were alot of horses less the horse Curlin was who went on to have fine stud careers. Misconception alot of people make is that the horse has to be great (which Curlin was) to be good at stud. You don't think Curlin will be good at stud because you didn't like the connections? One has nothing to do with the other.

13 Jun 2012 9:06 AM

Tap danced Curlin around the competition? How? By running Curlin in Grade I races like the Stephen Foster, Woodward, Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Breeders Cup Classic, not to mention all three Classic races as a three year old? Oh yeah, and they also ran Curlin in the Man O' War turf race against BC Turf champion Red Rocks. I would say it is rather inaccurate to say they "carefully managed" and "tap danced around the competition" in regards to Curlin's career. If you want to see a horse that was "carefully managed" and "tap danced around the competition," look no further than that mare that ran out west over the synthetic surfaces a few years ago.

13 Jun 2012 12:46 PM

...and they were actually thinking about sending him to the Arc!

No one really can predict but I like Curlin (because of Smart Strike).  I also hope Midnight Lute does well.

13 Jun 2012 1:43 PM
Criminal Type

MZ, I love Midnight Lute. Never liked Curlin, never will. Just my opinion about his stallion career, it has nothing to do with how he performed on the track. Mediocre stud careers are not uncommon, Secretariat for one, had a less then optimal career at stud, Spectacular Bid also. Performance on the track has no bearing on their performance in the breeding shed.

13 Jun 2012 2:54 PM
Karen in Texas

Criminal Type---You're usually pretty fair--how can you say Steve tap-danced Curlin around the competition?? He went into the TC series with no 2y/o foundation and hit the board in all three races, equaling the record in his Preakness win. That was a good crop with Street Sense and Hard Spun. He then proceeded to win the JCGC and completely dominated the BC Classic, still at the age of 3. The 2007 Classic was an excellent field. Then, on to Dubai where he carried 132lbs. in his World Cup prep before winning the World Cup easily. Back home they tried him on turf, which clearly wasn't to his liking--not dodging anyone. They knew he wouldn't like the synthetic surface in California, but sent him anyway. I don't know what else he could have been asked to do. You absolutely don't have to like him, but he tap-danced around no one. (And his daughter finished third, looking really green.) Please, explain the tap-dancing remark.

13 Jun 2012 11:17 PM
Baby Jane Towser

Curlin has a chance to be something - Smart Strike & Deputy Minister are a dynamic duo, but Smart Strike has no real proven sons at stud and you always have to have doubt until they get one.  

14 Jun 2012 3:35 PM

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