He did it!!!
Curlin, the 2007 Horse of the Year, has broken the all-time earnings record for a North American thoroughbred held since 1996 by the great Cigar.
Curlin thundered home in the slop at Belmont Park becoming only the 9th horse in history to capture consecutive Jockey Club Gold Cup victories, joining the likes of Kelso, Dark Secret, and Skip Away.
The victory vaulted Curlin to an amazing $10,246,800 in all-time earnings, quite a feat for a horse making just his 15th lifetime start. The son of Smart Strike is now 11 for 15 lifetime. The legendary Cigar earned $9,999,815 in 33 lifetime starts.
Could a date with destiny against Big Brown in the Breeder’s Cup Classic await next month? The horse racing world waits with baited breath. The two top horses in the world. Horse of the Year honors on the line. Perhaps the swan song of one of the greatest runners we have been blessed to see.
There’s always been something about this chestnut. From the moment he stepped onto the track, he’s had “it” – whatever “it” is. He’s the kind of horse that makes you stop in your tracks and take notice. As a horse racing fan, it’s been the joy of a lifetime to cheer him on. He just makes you so darn proud of him.
Way to go Curlin! You’re the best in the world and now all the heathens know it.
EDIT: Apparently Curlin is indeed headed to the Breeder’s Cup Classic! Bloodhorse has the quote.