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The Curlin Conglomerate

In case you were looking for the back story on how Curlin’s ownership group came into being, the short version is up now on The Blood-Horse. The Courier-Journal has a bit more detail (and they seem to enjoy dropping in the factoid about how partial owners Bill Gallion and Shirley Cunningham, who also own the Pitts-trained Einstein, currently have their law licenses suspended for defrauding their clients of $64.4 million ‘minus legitimate expenses’ — more on that here).

But hey, the horse didn’t chose any of his connections — having said that, I’d still feel a lot more comfortable rooting for Curlin had he continued with Helen Pitts — no one has really gone back to get the story on how she finally got him to the track in the first place, and it sounds like it’s one worth telling. Let us recall the words of Pitts’ assistant, Hanne Jorgensen:

“I galloped Curlin and I cried my eyes out when they sold him” Jorgensen said. “We babied him for such a long time. He was a little weak-boned. He bucked his shins and we tried to get him through it and worked with him. And then, one big race, and he’s gone. I understand that it’s hard to turn down that kind of money, and they did keep a piece of him, so it’s not hard for them. But it’s hard for us, because you get so attached to them.


But on to Belmont gossip; Street Sense was initially ruled out, but is now back in the ‘maybe’ column; Curlin is on the ‘yes’ list and Hard Spun will likely make the date as well. The most exciting potential entry is filly Rags to Riches — Pletcher suggests that one or two of the top three will need to drop out to make her a likely starter, but in my opinion she’s all class and deserves a shot. She’s bred for the distance and it would make a great story for the mainstream media in the absence of a Triple Crown attempt. Here’s hoping she makes the race.

3 comments to The Curlin Conglomerate

  • RMC Blogger

    I would like to see Nobiz take a shot at the Belmont. He would be racing at home and better rested than the big three. However, I don’t think there will be a big field as SS, HS and Curlin have proved their toughness. I believe Pletcher when he says he won’t start Rags if they all run. He has to be gunshy by now.

  • Top of the Stretch

    Maybe Pletcher should start going against his instincts for a change. Start Rags!

  • Superfecta

    I agree with you both — Nobiz should be in good shape, but Rags to Riches is a tough filly — it would be nice to see Pletcher give her credit for that and run her.

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