08/05/2013 10:14AM

Ride On Curlin entered in Prairie Meadows Juvenile Mile Stakes


Ride On Curlin, a sharp Ellis Park maiden winner who had been the target of several high-profile would-be buyers, has been entered in the $60,000 Prairie Meadows Juvenile Mile Stakes on Saturday night, the day after his jockey, Calvin Borel, will be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

After Ride On Curlin earned a 91 Beyer Speed Figure in winning a July 13 maiden race at Ellis by 7 3/4 lengths, trainer Bill Gowan said he and owner Dan Dougherty had turned down several offers and were seriously considering the Grade 2 Saratoga Special, which will be run Sunday. Instead, Ride On Curlin, by Curlin, has been entered in Iowa, where he is the 4-5 morning-line favorite in a race set for 9:11 p.m. Central on Saturday.

“After this race in Iowa, we’d like to run in the Iroquois,” a Win and You’re In Breeders’ Cup race set for Sept. 7 at the new Homecoming meet at Churchill Downs, Gowan said.

Ride On Curlin, with exercise rider Sergio Cervantes aboard, had his first breeze since his maiden victory when going five furlongs Monday in 1:00 at the Trackside training center in Louisville, Ky.

Gowan said offers for the colt that had reached seven figures had subsided in recent weeks.

Borel is spending this week at Saratoga after riding Saturday at Mountaineer Racetrack in West Virginia. The 2013 Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will be held Friday.