A very consistent runner on dirt so far, Royal Currier gets his chance to show off on the green in Sunday’s $65,000 Anderson Fowler Stakes at five and a furlongs on turf.
The 3-year-old son of Red Bullet has turned into quite a profitable claim for Mat Stables and trainer Patricia Farro, who took the gelding for $20,000 last Sept. 6 out of a winning race here. Since breaking his maiden that day, Royal Currier has gone on to win four more races, including overnight stakes at Parx and Belmont.
“He’s probably the nicest horse we’ve ever had,” said Mike Farro, who trains the horses with his wife Patricia. “We got very lucky with the claim. We won a four-way shake that day.”
On the dirt, Royal Currier has compiled a 5-4-0 mark in 11 starts, with earnings of nearly $200,000. But his pedigree says he’ll turf, too, and the Farros have been looking for a spot to try grass.
“We worked him on the turf at Gulfstream,” Farro said, “and he worked well. But then we decided to run him in the Hutcheson Stakes (Grade 2 on the dirt).”
The gelding ran sixth that day after trouble at the start, but won an allowance sprint next out that encouraged the Farros to try the Grade 3 Bay Shore at Aqueduct in April.
“He broke through the gate before the start,” Farro said, “but even so, he ran a super race at seven furlongs, probably not his best distance.”
Royal Currier finished fourth that day, beaten only three lengths, and was sent seven furlongs again in his next start, the Philmont Stakes at Parx on April 26. He led most of the way, but tired to finish second.
“The seven furlongs got to him in the end,” Farro said, “but he ran a big race. He got a little sick after that race, and we gave him a little time.
“We worked him on the turf last week, and he worked super (five furlongs in 1:02 1/5 around the dogs), so we decided to try this race,” the trainer said. “We’ve tried to do right by him, and we got Joe Bravo to ride because Joe’s so good on the grass here.”
Farro indicated that a return to the main track might be next after the Fowler, because the owners are considering running Royal Currier right back in the $150,000 Jersey Shore Stakes (G3) at six furlongs on July 3.