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2010 Ruffian Invitational and Fourstardave Handicap


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Winslow Homer wins the 2010 Curlin Stakes
Winslow Homer wins the 2010 Curlin Stakes

Winslow Homer wins the 2010 Curlin Stakes at Saratoga.

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The $75,000 Curlin Stakes featured a field of six 3-year-olds going 1 1/8 miles on the main track. Holy Bull (G3) winner Winslow Homer was sent off as the 6-5 favorite off a third place finish in the Iowa Derby (G3). Also in the field included 5-2 second choice Winaholic in his stakes debut after finishing third in allowance company, and 3-1 third choice So Elite, winner of the Charley Barley at Woodbine last out.

Winslow Homer and Westshore battled for the lead through the early stages in 23.63, 48.14, and 1:13.41 over the fast track. On the turn, the field bunched up with 5 horses within a length of the front. However, Winslow Homer, when asked by jockey Robby Albarado, quickly broke free from the pack, opening up a 5 length lead in mid-stretch through 1 mile in 1:37.22, and drew off to win by 9 lengths over Westshore in a time of 1:49.69. It was another 3/4 length back to Winaholic third.

Winning jockey Robby Albarado said, "It was encouraging that he took off and got away from (the field) and he sprinted home. He came home nice. I watched his replays and he was impressive in all of his races. Today, I shoved him into that first turn a little bit more than I probably normally would have but, at that point I was able to dictate the whole race from that standpoint. On the backside, we dropped him down a little and got a slower second 1/4 than the first and that's probably why when they got to the 1/4 pole he was able to go on. He's a nice horse and I'm just glad I got to ride him."

Trainer Tony Dutrow added, "That earns him a start in the Travers. That's what we were looking for. He was impressive and scooted away from them, and he loved the distance. We're hoping he goes into the Travers as well as he did today. He's bred to go the distance and I think that he proved today that the distance will be a friend."

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