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.

BNastanovich More than 1 year ago
Maybe the connections can afford to NOT sell the horse. Best wishes to them!
martymar . More than 1 year ago
get your own horses and do what you please with them. Everything in life is not always about the money.
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
It's always better to sell and be sorry than to not sell and be sorry...
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
It's always better to sell and be sorry than to not sell and be sorry...
SheaMizer More than 1 year ago
I don't really understand the reasoning behind running a horse that you offered over a million for in a $60k stakes race.... Seems like they will have a lot more to lose than to gain by this ploy. My dad has one running in this race. Hopefully if we can beat Ride on Curlin, we can sell ours for a million.
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
It's called a prep. The article states they are pointing for the Iroquois which will get them to the BC. This race will be nothing more than a paid workout.
rsac56 More than 1 year ago
They must think he is a once-in-a-lifetime horse. Some people value that above the dollars. If it pans out, the dollars will still be there in stud value. Horse racing is also gambling.
Timmy Luminais More than 1 year ago
If they have a 7 figure offer for a maiden winner at Ellis Park they must be crazy to past on it. Odds of this horse ever earning a million dollars on top of expenses are slim. It's great to dream but horse racing is a business.