11/24/2008 12:00AM

Curlin to parade at Churchill Downs


Curlin, the highest earner in North American racing history and the reigning Horse of the Year, will be paraded before the racing public for the final time Saturday when Churchill Downs closes its 26-day meet.

Curlin will be walked onto the main track between the fifth and sixth races at about 1:35 p.m. Eastern. A brief tribute in the winner's circle will follow.

Curlin, who earned $10,501,800, is scheduled to stand at stud next year at Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Ky. The 4-year-old Smart Strike colt is owned primarily by the Stonestreet Stables of Jess Jackson and trained by Steve Asmussen. Robby Albarado was his regular rider.

“We're thrilled to have another opportunity to showcase Curlin in front of his many fans in Kentucky,” said Asmussen.