Kentucky Derby hopeful Curlin nibbles at the hand of hot walker Juan Gonzales as he gets a bath outside Barn 38 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Monday, April 30, 2007. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
NEW YORK (AP) - Curlin made it close but finished second in his
first test of the turf.
Red Rocks took the lead in the stretch and held off the reigning
Horse of the Year by two lengths in winning the Man o'War Stakes at
Belmont Park on Saturday.
Curlin dominated on the dirt, winning nine times in 12 starts.
This was a chance to see if the 4-year-old colt could run with top
turf horses with an eye on running in Europe's premier race at
Longchamp on Oct. 5.
Curlin, the 2007 Preakness Stakes winner, entered the race with
five wins in a row, including the Breeders' Cup Classic and the
Dubai World Cup.
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