CurlinCurlin (Dubai Racing Club/Monica Pinheiro)Reigning Horse of the Year Curlin (Smart Strike) had his first look at Nad Al Sheba racecourse under exercise rider Carmen Rosas Wednesday morning. The GI Breeders’ Cup Classic hero is scheduled to breeze on Sunday or Monday. “Curlin made the trip in good shape,” Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen, said. “He’s doing fantastic and has a lot of energy. The track doesn’t have a lot of turn to it, which Curlin will appreciate as he has a tendency to look to the inside.” The strapping chestnut remains on target for a February 28 handicap in preparation for the G1 Dubai World Cup March 29.

Blasi recognized last term’s G2 UAE Derby winner Asiatic Boy (Arg) (Not for Sale {Arg}) as the main danger in the World Cup. “Mike de Kock is a great trainer and Asiatic Boy is an impressive horse; we know he’s going to be tough to beat,” Blasi continued. “But Curlin is a special kind of horse. He was third in the Kentucky Derby on only his fourth ever start. We expect him to do big things.” In related news, HRTV announced yesterday that it would provide live coverage of Curlin’s return to the races February 28.

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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