The runner-up from the 2014 Preakness Stakes is heading to Pleasant Acres Stallions to join the stud roster. Daniel Dougherty announced intentions to move Ride On Curlin to the Florida based farm located in Morriston. He will partake in the 2017 breeding season.
Ride On Curlin earned $795,175 in his 22 career starts with highlights coming during his three-year old season where he placed 7th at the Kentucky Derby, 2nd at the Preakness Stakes and 11th in the Belmont Stakes. This was the same year California Chrome almost captured the Triple Crown. As a son of Curlin, the new five-year old horse never truly lived up to his potential and failed to win a stakes race. He stands with a 3-3-5 record over those 22 starts, having won a pair of allowances along with a maiden.
Even still, the bloodstook of Curlin is at an all time high since Exaggerator’s upset victory at the 2016 Preakness Stakes. It will be interesting to see if the other horses he sired garner as much attention from stallion farms across the country. Ride On Curlin moving to Florida is also a considerable move for thoroughbred racing within the state.
“It has been my goal since opening a stallion station in 2014 to bring new bloodlines to Florida,” Joe Barbazon said in a release. “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.”
“Ride on Curlin is a stunning individual,” Michelle Hemmingway said. Hemmingway is the bloodstock agent for Pleasant Acres Stallions. “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.”