2007 & 2008 Horse of the Year, Champion 3 YO colt; Champion Older Horse, Racing Hall of Fame, Leading Sire
The most accomplished son of two-time leading general sire Smart Strike at stud. Curlin sired G1 Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice in his first crop followed by G1 Kentucky Derby contender Ride on Curlin and G2 winner Diversy Harbor in his second. 2015 proved to be his breakout year with G1 Travers victor Keen Ice, multiple G1 winner Curalina, G1 Santa Anita Oaks heroine Stellar Wind, G3W Ocean Knight, G2 Schuylerville winner Off the Tracks and Exaggerator, who won the G2 Saratoga Special.
2016 was highlighted by Exaggerator’s G1 Preakness and G1 Haskell victories, Curalina’s G1 La Troienne and G3 Shuvee, Off the Tracks taking the G1 Mother Goose, Stellar Wind besting the great Beholder in the G1Clement L. Hirsch, and homebred Terra Promessa’s scores in the G3 Fantasy and G3 Honeybee. His progeny’s performance earned him the second spot atop the North American general sire list, and his fee was increased to $150,000.
His dominance continued in 2017 as Stellar Wind reigned over her division, taking the G1 Clement L. Hirsh for the second year in a row in addition to the G1 Beholder Mile. Curlin was also represented by Keen Ice’s G2 Suburban win, Curlin’s Approval’s win in the G2 Princess Rooney, and top Derby contender Irish War Cry’s G2 Wood Memorial victory. The year concluded with G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile victory and Champion Two-Year-Old honors for Good Magic.
The leading North American money earner of all time until March 2016, with $10,501,800 in purses, Curlin was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 2014, was Champion Three-Year-Old Colt, Champion Older Male and Horse of the Year twice.
Curlin’s progeny have gotten off to a great start in 2018. In his three-year-old debut, champion Good Magic finished 3rd in the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park. He went on to take the G2 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in commanding fashion in his final Derby prep race. Good Magic entered the Kentucky Derby starting gate as one of the early favorites and finished a gutsy second behind Justify. Also representing Curlin on the First Saturday in May were stakes winners Vino Rosso and Solomini. Vino Rosso closed to win the G2 Wood Memorial en route to his derby run while Solomini earned gritty placings in the G2 Rebel and G1 Arkansas Derby Stakes. In the G1 Preakness, Curlin was represented by yet another up-and-coming three-year-old when lightly raced Tenfold closed within a length and a half of Justify to finish third.
Curlin has been represented by six individual graded stakes winners in 2018 thus far: Pacific Wind, winner of the G2 Ruffian Stakes, King Zachary, winner of the G3 Matt Winn Stakes, Valadorna, winner of the G3 Doubledogdare, Irish War Cry, winner of the G2 Pimlico Special, and the aforementioned Good Magic and Vino Rosso.