By Sid Fernando
Lane’s End sire Curlin was represented by his first winner June 17 at the Central Moscow Hippodrome in Russia, much like Three Chimneys’s Big Brown was—at Kazan, in Russia, as reported by Racing Post today.
But Curlin’s first winner is also his first stakes winner. The $25,000 yearling Zimniy Dvorets won the Group 2 Summer Stakes on the Russian 2000 Guineas undercard, but Russian stakes races DO NOT qualify for international black type. He also had another winner on the day at a different track. It’s a sign of the times that US-based sires are being represented by winners all over the globe, and many times these horses are not being reported on a timely basis by US and international publications.
Would you believe that the Curlin winner was first mentioned by me on Twitter as far as I can tell?
I might as well note here—as I did today on Twitter—that the Russian 2000 Guineas winner was sired by Medaglia d’Oro, too. Named Sempre in Oro, this guy was a $140,000 yearling purchased by Raut. He was one of seven US-breds in a field of eight in the Guineas.
In other news, Peter Twomey from tweeted today that a season to So You Think, who will enter stud in Australia for Coolmore, went for HK$600,000, or A$77,000, at the Prix de Hong Kong Charity Ball last night.