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Curlin Retiring

Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin will be
retired next year, and may already have run his last race.
Majority owner Jess Jackson, who has an 80 percent stake in the
horse, said in a statement issued Sunday that he'll consider offers
from farms in Kentucky before deciding where Curlin will stand at
stud.
"He always gave it his all and has done everything we have
asked of him," Jackson said. "I am looking forward to seeing his
foals compete and possibly exceed his unequaled racing record."
Until his future home is selected, Jackson said Curlin will
remain in training for a possible race later this year, although
there are not many options currently available.
"If an appropriate venue and purse are offered, we would
consider one more race in 2008 for Curlin," Jackson said.
Curlin, the son of Smart Strike out of Sheriff's Deputy by
Deputy Minister, is North America's leading money winner with
earnings of more than $10 million. The 4-year-old colt is
considered a leading contender to win Horse of the Year honors
again.
If Curlin doesn't race again, his final effort would be a
fourth-place finish in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at
Santa Anita last month. Raven's Pass won the race.
Curlin's career racing record stands at 11 wins, two second and
two thirds in 16 races and total earnings of $10,501,800. His wins
include the Preakness Stakes, the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the
Breeders' Cup Classic in 2007. This year, he won the Stephen Foster
Handicap, the Dubai World Cup, the Woodward and the Gold Cup a
second straight time.
Former attorneys William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham Jr. of
Lexington bought Curlin for $57,000 in 2004 through their Midnight
Cry Stables. They sold a majority interest to a group led by
Jackson in 2005. Jackson, the founder of Kendall-Jackson Wines, has
since bought out the other investors.
Gallion and Cunningham, who were disbarred last month, face
trial in the spring on charges that they defrauded former clients
out of more than $90 million of a $200 million settlement over the
diet-drug fen-phen. The first trial of the men ended in July when
the jury could not reach a verdict.
A state judge had ordered the minority share of Curlin be sold
to help satisfy a $42 million judgment against Gallion and
Cunningham. Sealed bids for the minority ownership stake are
expected to be made public this week. A court-appointed trustee
rejected an initial round of bids last week.


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