Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin worked
seven furlongs over the turf at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, a first
step to a possible run in the Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Oct.
The 4-year-old colt, trying to master the turf the way he has
the dirt, covered the distance in 1:31.1. Trainer Steve Asmussen
called the work perfect.
Curlin, the winner of the 2007 Preakness and Breeders' Cup
Classic, is coming off an easy victory in the Stephen Foster
Handicap on June 14 at Churchill - his first start since winning
the Dubai World Cup in March.
Stonestreet Stables owner Jess Jackson has decided to move
Curlin to the turf to prove that he's the best thoroughbred in the
world. The Arc is run on turf.
Curlin is expected to race on the turf in either New York or
Chicago on July 12.