Curlin will defend Breeders' Cup crown

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Curlin is going to defend his title in the $5
million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.
Majority owner Jess Jackson announced the decision Tuesday, when an initial entry payment was due. A second and final entry payment for the Classic is due Oct. 21.
Curlin, the reigning Horse of the Year, is expected to take on
undefeated Casino Drive of Japan and some of Europe's top horses in
the first Breeders' Cup to be run on a synthetic track.
He won't be facing Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big
Brown, who was retired Monday after injuring his foot during a
workout in New York.

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