Congrats to Curlin and all his connections... what a way to prove his worth as a Sire :)
This will go long way toward proving Curlin's value as a Sire. Up till today he had 2 un-graded stakes winners in fillies Countess Curlin and Stopshoppingdebbie and a few graded stakes placed fillies. A Belmont win proves he can produce black-type winners and when paired with right Dam can produce colts that mature fast enough to contend in the triple crown. Belmont also proves the stamina side of things, and I love that Palace Malace wasn't phased by the heavy racing he's gotten in last couple months. I think most of Curlin's "kids" are still going to do most of their winning later in 3yo season or in 4yo season since there are quite a few that took after their Sire and didn't race at 2. Anyway, I'm really happy for Curlin, I've been following all his kids since they started training and racing last year, and it's so wonderful to see a son of his win such a big race.
So happy for Curlin's first Graded Stakes Winner of hopefully many to come. So proud of Palace Malice for getting it all together and running the race so many people knew he was capable of running.
I suppose it's relatively safe to say he doesn't mind a wet track when he ran fractions like that... really wish he hadn't done it but trying to find a silver lining :). There are G1 wins in his future we'll just have to be patient a little while longer I guess. Best of luck to Orb and his bid for a Triple Crown :)
I get why they did it and agree he could use a break, I just don't like that I have to wait that long to see him race again. But I think with some rest and more schooling he'll go on to do big things... he's still got some maturing to do.
http://chronicle.augusta.com/sports/other-sports/2013-05-04/stable-president-says-blinkers-were-villain-palace-malice?v= This article explains it well I think. Sad to hear they don't plan to race him again for 60 days...
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