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Curlin: What Next?

Following Curlin’s triumph in the Dubai World Cup (against an international field of much greater depth than you typically see for the Breeders’ Cup Classic), the question becomes ‘who is left to beat?’ He’s to be shipped back to the States next week for a little rest, then on to a summer campaign.

My own selfish choice would be to see him initially on the Belmont Stakes undercard, but beyond that I’d really like to see him try the turf at Royal Ascot or head to France for the Arc. Granted, that doesn’t exactly work out well time-wise with the Breeders’ Cup, but if the goal is to continue to take on the best of the best, Santa Anita isn’t really the ideal venue. I’d prefer Sha Tin or Flemington.

I would be very curious to see what Curlin’s yearling half-sister by Saint Liam goes for if she comes up for sale; she’s a double rarity now (his dam was bred back to Smart Strike in 2007 but didn’t get in foal; one imagines they’ll give that another shot).

While I’ll mention the other races and the Florida Derby in more detail later, the question must arise (and, indeed, great minds think alike): is Big Brown really what he seems (tender feet and all), or has he been swapping strategies with Bellamy Road? It’s going to be fun to find out.

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