Pleasant Acres Stallions farm owners Joe and Helen Barbazon out of Morriston, Florida, welcomed a new stud for the 2017 breeding season to their stable in the form of Ride On Curlin. The stud fee for Ride On Curlin has yet to be announced.
“It has been my goal since opening a stallion station in 2014 to bring new bloodlines to Florida,” said Joe Barbazon. “Ride On Curlin fits our program by being the first son of Curlin to come to our state and is out of a brilliant female family. I look forward to diversifying my broodmare band to complement this fine young stallion.”
In 22 career starts, the Kentucky-bred Ride On Curling has earned $795,175. The bay son of Curlin was special from the get-go, setting an Ellis Park track record after running 5 1/2 furlongs in a time of 1:03. Upon retirement, the famous Curling was the leading money winning in North America with an impressive sum of of $10,501,800. Curling was twice named Horse of the Year (2007 and 2008), and was a 2014 Hall of Fame inductee.
2014 was a banner year for Ride on Curling, with two third place finishes in the Southwest Stakes (gr. III) and Rebel Stakes (gr. II), as well as two second place finishes in the Arkansas Derby (gr. I) and Preakness Stakes (gr. I).
“Ride on Curlin is a stunning individual,” said Pleasant Acres Director of Bloodstock Michelle Hemingway. “Being a track record-setter in July of his 2-yr-old campaign will make him very attractive to Florida breeders. In my mind, Curlin looks to be an up-and-coming sire of sires, and we are so pleased to have the first son of Curlin to stand in Florida right here at Pleasant Acres Stallions.”