02/23/2017 10:36AM

Pair of Curlin's sons among incoming Florida sires

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Barbara D. Livingston
Ride On Curlin, who finished second in the 2014 Preaknessn, is one of two classic-placed young stallions entering stud in Florida this year.

As rapidly rising young classic sires with major contenders on this year’s Kentucky Derby trail, Curlin and Pioneerof the Nile are among the most in-demand stallions in Kentucky this year. Each has a classic-placed son entering stud this year in Florida, giving a big kick to the Sunshine State’s program.

Ride On Curlin, who finished second in the 2014 Preakness Stakes to champion California Chrome, is entering stud at Pleasant Acres Stallions in Morriston for an advertised fee of $5,000, tied as the most expensive newcomer in the state. Social Inclusion, third in that Preakness, debuts at Woodford Thoroughbreds in Reddick for a fee of $4,000.

Ride On Curlin won his second start by 7 3/4 lengths, running 5 1/2 furlongs at Ellis Park in what was then a track-record 1:03. Grade 1-placed as a juvenile and during the following spring’s classic prep program at Oaklawn Park, he contested all three legs of the 2014 Triple Crown, with his highlight the Preakness runner-up effort, 1 1/2 lengths behind California Chrome. Eased in the Belmont, he was given the rest of the year off and came back to be multiple stakes placed as an older horse.

“Ride On Curlin is a stunning individual,” said Michelle Hemingway, director of bloodstock at Pleasant Acres. “Being a track-record setter in July of his 2-year-old campaign will make him very attractive to Florida breeders. In my mind, Curlin looks to be an up-and-coming sire of sires.”

Ride On Curlin is out of Grade 2-placed Magical Ride, who in turn is out of Grade 1 winner Victory Ride.

Ride On Curlin is one of two sons of Curlin entering stud in Florida – and the other also comes from an outstanding female family. Jess’s Dream, the only son of 2009 Horse of the Year and Hall of Fame racemare Rachel Alexandra, was officially retired to Ocala Stud in December. Jess’s Dream won his only start, which came in August 2015 at Saratoga. Various physical issues derailed his attempts at a further campaign. Nevertheless, he also debuts for $5,000 at Ocala Stud, which successfully partnered with breeder Stonestreet Farm to launch the stud career of Kantharos, who moved to Kentucky this year after several strong seasons in Florida.

“We’ve been standing stallions for a long time, and there hasn’t been a better-pedigreed horse in Florida than Jess’s Dream,” Ocala Stud’s J. Michael O’Farrell said. “We are grateful to Stonestreet for the opportunity to stand another exciting stallion prospect. They have one of the best operations in the entire industry, and they do a fantastic job of supporting their stallions.”

Meanwhile, Social Inclusion becomes the first son of Pioneerof the Nile – the sire of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, as well as champion Classic Empire – to enter stud in Florida. Social Inclusion last ran in 2015, but did not stand at stud in 2016 as owner Ron Sanchez’s Rontos Racing Stable searched for a home for his stud career. That home is Florida, where locals are already familiar with his exploits. Social Inclusion burst onto the scene by winning his first two starts by a combined 17 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream Park – including an allowance victory over Honor Code, then a graded stakes-winning juvenile and later an Eclipse Award champion. Social Inclusion earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 110 for that effort.

Social Inclusion then finished third in the Wood Memorial behind Wicked Strong, beaten a nose by Samraat for second. That finish denied him the points to make the Kentucky Derby field. After finishing third in the Preakness, he cut back to shorter distances, finishing third to eventual Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes on the Belmont Stakes undercard.

Social Inclusion was seventh in the Haskell Invitational to end his 3-year-old season. He won once from three starts as an older horse, including an 11 3/4-length allowance score at Parx Racing in his career finale.

Stonewall’s Prestige Stallions also adds a son of a rising young classic sire for 2017 in Uncle Vinny, from the phenomenal first crop of Uncle Mo. Uncle Vinny got his signature win when he was elevated to first via disqualification in the Grade 3 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga. A fellow Prestige newcomer, Zahadoom, by Bernardini, is a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Ron the Greek.

Irish-born Lebron, a winning son of international titan Galileo, enters stud at 4G Farm.