03/02/2018 12:07PM

Curlin aims to keep streak alive in 2018

Susie Raisher
Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner and champion Good Magic led a stellar year for Curlin's juveniles in 2017.

Curlin emerged as a source of classic stamina early in his stud career, with 2013 Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice emerging from his first crop. The Smart Strike stallion, residing at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm, has been represented by a classic winner or classic-placed runner in each of his crops to follow – and following his best crop of juveniles to date, he is taking dead aim on keeping that streak alive in 2018.

Curlin was North America’s leading living sire by 2-year-old earnings in 2017 and also led Daily Racing Form’s Beyer Sire Performance Standings at the elite level, with four Beyers of 90 or higher recorded in the category. Artie Schiller (Australia), Medaglia d’Oro (Darley), Point of Entry (Adena Springs), and Street Sense (Darley) each had a pair of figures surpassing that threshold.

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Curlin was led by Eclipse Award champion Good Magic, who won his maiden in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with a Beyer of 100, having previously finished second in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes. The runner-up to Good Magic in the BC Juvenile, beaten by 4 1/4 lengths, was another Curlin colt, Solomini, who finished his season with three Grade 1 placings.