Curlin is ready for a run at the record.
The reigning Horse of the Year put in his final workout before
attempting to become the first American racehorse to break the $10
million mark in Saturday's $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont
Curlin covered a half mile in an easy 51.85 seconds Monday over
the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course, a worked
called "perfect" by Scott Blasi, the assistant to Curlin trainer
"It was his normal work before he runs," Blasi said. "He got
over the ground really well and we are all excited about
The 4-year-old Curlin enters the 1¼-mile Gold Cup with earnings
of $9,796,800. Two-time Horse of the Year Cigar has the record of
$9,999,815, which has stood for 12 years. The winner's purse of
$450,000 on Saturday would vault Curlin past Cigar with total
earnings of $10,246,800.
Expected to challenge Curlin as he goes for a second straight
win in the Jockey Club Gold Cup are Travers runner-up Mambo in
Seattle, Suburban winner Frost Giant, Timber Reserve, Angliana,
either A. P. Arrow or Ravel (both trained by Todd Pletcher) and
Wanderin Boy, third to Curlin in the Woodward on Aug. 30.
Mambo in Seattle could be a formidable opponent. Beaten a nose
by Colonel John in the Travers, the 3-year-old colt receives a
four-pound weight allowance from the older horses in the Jockey
Club Gold Cup. Mambo in Seattle worked a half-mile in 49.64 at
Belmont on Monday.
With Robby Albarado committed to ride Curlin, Hall of Fame
jockey Edgar Prado will be aboard Mambo in Seattle.
"We understand what a tall order it is to go against a champion
like Curlin," Mambo in Seattle trainer Neil Howard said. "And it
is always a big step up when a 3-year-old goes up against older