05/09/2016 12:56PM

Curlin has big Kentucky Derby weekend


Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, who had already established himself as a prominent source of classic stamina, put another feather in his cap last Saturday with Kentucky Derby runner-up Exaggerator.

Curlin, a son of Smart Strike, has been represented by a classic winner or classic-placed runner from each of his first four crops. After siring 2013 Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice, he followed up with 2014 Preakness Stakes runner-up Ride On Curlin and 2015 Belmont third-place finisher Keen Ice, who later defeated Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes. Exaggerator came into the Derby off a runaway victory in the Santa Anita Derby.

In addition to Exaggerator, Curlin was represented on the weekend by four winners, including Curalina, who romped in the Grade 1 La Troienne Stakes on Friday at Churchill Downs.

Curlin moved to Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Lexington, Ky., for the 2016 breeding season. He is standing for $100,000.