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Mar 08, 2008

Curlin posts prep victory for Dubai World Cup

By: SPORTS NETWORK


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Sports Network) - Curlin, the 2007 Horse of the Year, kicked off his 2008 campaign with a win at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse. The four-year-old captured the $175,000 Jaguar Trophy Handicap over five challengers.

The winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Classic was shipped to Dubai to prepare for the $6 million Dubai World Cup on Saturday, March 29. Trainer Steve Asmussen used Thursday's race as a tightener leading to the world's richest race.

Ridden by Robby Albarado, Curlin covered the 1 1/4 miles at Nad Al Sheba in 2:00.60 on a fast track. Finishing behind Curlin by two lengths was Familiar Territory followed by Jet Express, Arqaam, Imperialista and Engrupido.

"Dubai is the only place in the world you can run on such an international level against some of the best horses in the world," said assistant trainer Scott Blasi. "The Dubai World Cup is the richest horse race in the world and it's a great way to show the horse to the world."

Thursday's win was worth $105,000 to bring Curlin's bankroll to more than $5.2 million. Last year's Preakness champ has now won seven of 10 career starts, including his last three races.



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