Curlin to be retired to stud
World Cup champion and American Horse of the Year Curlin is to be retired to stud.
Majority owner Jess Jackson has ruled out next month’s Japan Cup Dirt but says Curlin may have one more start in the United States if a suitable race can be found.
Jackson said he was open to the idea of running Curlin once more this year if a rich enough race could be found otherwise he would go straight to stud.
Jackson said several major farms had expressed interest in standing Curlin but no decision had been made.
He added one of the options was to retire Curlin to his own Stonestreet Farms in Kentucky.
"I’ve been blessed to have him and to have seen him run over 20-some-odd months," Jackson said.
"I have such warm memories of him. I just don’t see how it could get any better.
"I’m going to breed 20 or so of my very best mares to him, no matter where he stands.
"I really am eager to see his colts and fillies race and see what he produces."
Curlin’s last race was fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic run on a synthetic Santa Anita track.
Unraced as a two-year-old, Curlin won his first three starts before finishing third in the 2007 Kentucky Derby.
Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Robby Albarado, he bounced back to win the Preakness and ended the year with victories in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the 2007 Breeders Cup Classic.
This year he won the world’s richest race, the $6 million Dubai World Cup as well as the Stephen Foster, the Woodward and the Jockey Club Gold Cup.
With the Gold Cup win, he became the first North American-trained horse to pass $10 million in prizemoney.