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Nov 26, 2008

Lane's End to be new Curlin home


Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Defending Horse of the Year Curlin will stand his stud service at Lane's End Farm near Versailles, KY. The announcement was made in a press release by the farm.

Curlin, the richest racehorse in North American history, will stand for $75,000 in 2009. The colt is 80-percent owned by Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Farm and has been recently appraised for $20 million. Jackson is attempting to purchase the remaining 20-percent interest in Curlin.

"The Jacksons are due great credit for allowing our sport to enjoy this great champion as a four-year-old," said Will Farish of Lane's End. "Many would have retired him after winning the Breeders' Cup Classic and Horse of the Year honors as a three-year-old. Curlin's performance on the track, his pedigree, and his conformation make him the most exciting sire prospect to retire in many years. We are honored to have him join his champion sire Smart Strike at Lane's End."

Curlin has career earnings of $10,501,800, posting winnings of better than $5 million as both a three and four-year-old. Trained by Steve Asmussen, he won 11 of 16 career starts.

As a three-year-old in 2007 Curlin won the Arkansas Derby, Preakness Stakes, Jockey Club Gold Cup, along with the Breeders' Cup Classic, and was voted Horse of the Year as well as champion male three-year-old.

This year the colt won the Dubai World Cup, Stephen Foster and Woodward Handicaps and a second Jockey Club Gold Cup. His final race was the 2008 Breeders' Cup Classic where he finished fourth to Raven's Pass.

"After a stellar racing career, Curlin is now in a position to carry on his iron horse bloodlines at Lane's End, the premier stallion farm in the nation," said majority owner Jess Jackson. "He is one of the best examples of the breed--fast, strong, and durable. I predict he will make a substantial contribution to our sport through his gene pool and I am looking forward to seeing his foals compete and possibly exceed his unequaled race record."

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