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Posted by on 9/11/2013 7:40:37 PM

As almost all sports betting site enthusiasts already know, horse racing can be one of the true sports that rags to riches stories can come true and for a little outfit at Churchill Downs, the dream of hitting it big with a limited investment could be being written as we speak.

Enter Ride on Curlin, a 2-year-old son of Curlin, the 2-time Horse of the Year who is now one for 3 in his career and was only 2 lengths away from being Group 3 placed just last weekend.

Owned by Dan Dougherty and trained by William Gowan, the promising youngster could have just sulked and thrown in the towel when he broke slowly in his debut but he put his head down and passed all of the field but one, settling for second money in a Maiden Special Weight this June at Churchill.

Bet like a good thing in his next race, he didn’t disappoint controlling the pace and outcome and graduating by nearly 8 lengths with a gaudy 91 Beyer Speed Figure. He set a track record at Ellis Park that day to boot.

The clear place horse in Ride on Curlin’s maiden breaker won a MSW at Remington next out with a 66 Beyer

Freshened for about 7 weeks, the runner returned on September 7 in the Grade 3 Iroquois and in his first try going a route of ground, Ride on Curlin had dead aim at the top of the lane just a half-length off the lead but had to settle for 4th money as the beaten chalk. He was wide every step and had the lead between calls in the stretch.

Even with that defeat, this runner’s future is very bright.

Ride on Curlin’s dam won twice, both sprints, and banked over $100,000 but he is the king of the family as his lone full sister lost 8 times.

Maybe more importantly about his pedigree is the power on the bottom side. His second dam, Victory Ride, took a Grade 1 on way to a near $400,000 career and Victory Ride’s brother River Flyer was also a Grade 1 winner and banked nearly $600,000.

Owner Dougherty has already been offered $1,000,000 for Ride on Curlin but he rejected the offer. Dougherty: “We’re more excited about running the horse than the money.”

His trained didn’t really agree, Gowan: “I told him to sell. But my man wanted to stay in. You know, I was sitting in the catbird seat. I had it good either way. Because I knew I had a fast horse and if he sells, I make quite a bit of money (like $100,000).

Ride on Curlin’s regular rider Calvin Borel knows a thing or two about a good horse as he has won the Kentucky Derby 3 times.

Borel: “The horse just has talent. I’ve ridden a lot of good horses, and he’s one of them. I know we have to step up every race, but I think he has the potential to do it. Distance is the least of my worries. He relaxes, the package is there.”

Cinderfella, a rag to riches, the typical Hollywood ending, whatever one wants to call it, Ride on Curlin’s is worth following.



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