There were few surprises during last night’s Eclipse Awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, but there was a bit of welcome news. Making the announcement as he accepted the trophy for the 2007 Horse of the Year, Stonestreet Stables’ Jess Jackson revealed that Curlin (Smart Strike) will be back in action this year.
Jackson bought out partners Padua Stables and George Bolton after the colt’s smashing success in the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic at Monmouth Park, and now holds an 80-percent interest. The remaining 20 percent, once controlled by Midnight Cry’s beleaguered partners Shirley Cunningham Jr. and William Gallion, is now in the hands of the courts.
Jackson is confident that he will be free to chart a course for his Eclipse champion, but did caution, “There are provisos: he must be fit and we must work out the ownership issues.” He added, “It’s very likely that he will race in 2008, because I think those issues can be worked out.”
Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News 22.01.08