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29 April 2008

Curlin Connections Eying The Turf

It looks like the turf may just be in Curlins future after all. A recent interview with Steve Asmussen on Capitol OTB TV hints that a trip to Paris is under consideration.

Is the Arc in Curlin's future?... Interviewed this weekend by host Mark Cusano on Capital OTB-TV's 'Down the Stretch', Steve Asmussen indicated that a trip to France this fall is possible for the reigning HOTY.
Cusano: "Have you mapped out any tentative plans for [Curlin]?"
Asmussen: "I think the debate needs to be with where the Breeders' Cup's run this year -- what kind of track they decide to put down at Santa Anita, and then if that's acceptable, if we want to move towards that or have an alternative goal for the rest of the his year. I believe that he physically can do about anything we ask of him so another trip out of the country is not impossible."
... Cusano: "A race out of the country -- I guess the first thing that would come to mind is something like the Arc d'Triomphe. Is that under any consideration? Are you looking to possibly test him on turf?"
Asmussen: "That is a race that Mr Jackson has mentioned."
Perhaps the original post about Curlin on the turf was a pipe dream but it looks like the connections are considering a very interesting yet sound line of thinking. A trip to Paris for the Arc may just be better than a trip to Los Angeles to run on a questionable surface in burning hot Arcadia California. Curlin's first run on the Turf should be in the Arlington Million.

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