The year was 2007, and the crop of 3-year olds was regarded as the best in the 21st Century.
But at the end of the year, it was Curlin that stood above the rest.
He was America’s first $10 million horse and earned more than $10.5 million. But it doesn’t stop there. He was called the best horse in the world by his trainer.
Curlin has a slew of accomplishments to his name: back-to-back Horse of the Year awards, Champion 3-year-old Colt, Champion Older Horse, and he was inducted to the Hall of Fame.
Curlin was retired in 2014 with a record of 11-2-2 from 16 starts. He resides at Lane’s End in Versailles, Kentucky.
But that probably won’t be the last you’ll hear his name. His son, Palace Malic, won the Belmont Stakes in 2013.
He was also bred with Rachel Alexnadra. Their colt, Jess’s Dream, was born in 2012.
Jess’s Dream hasn’t made his debut, yet, but stay tuned.