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10 July 2008

Man O' War Blockbuster

For the first time in fifteen years (93' BC Sprint)three Breeders Cup winners will square off in a race. Breeders Cup Classic winner Curlin will be tested by Breeders Cup Turf winners Better Talk Now and Red Rocks. This race has the makings of the race of the year and it will likely validate Curlin as a legitimate Grade I turf horse if he can beat this field.

Curlin certainly has questions to answer. There is the new surface, which is no small obstacle. Curlin is an impressive individual to all that have seen him. However he is build like a dirt horse. He is a stout, barrel chested individual which is the confirmation of a dirt horse even a dirt sprinter. He does not have the long legged distance covering look of a typical 12 furlong turf lawnmower. Will his confirmation enable him to transfer that outstanding dirt form to the turf? There also a distance question. One mile and three eighths is further than he has ever won at, and he will certainly be test by the three Grade I closers in here Red Rocks, Better Talk Now and Grand Coturier. The one thing that is for sure is that Curlin has class, and like Dr. Fager and Secretariat before him top class dirt horses can excel on the turf.

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