Ride On Curlin, who finished second behind California Chrome in the 2014 Preakness Stakes (gr. I), returned to the work tab at Churchill Downs this morning after a long absence.
The son of Curlin started off this year with an allowance victory and a runner-up effort in the Essex Handicap, both at Oaklawn Park, but disappointed when sixth in the Razorback Handicap (gr. III) and ninth in the Alysheba Stakes (gr. II). Following his effort in the Alysheba, Ride On Curlin was given time off, and today’s workout–three furlongs in a bullet :35 3/5–marked his first timed breeze since April.
Ride On Curlin is trained by William Gowan and owned by Daniel Dougherty. According to the Churchill Downs Barn Notes for September 26th, Gowan is hopeful that Ride On Curlin will be back to the races this fall: “He looked good this morning,” Gowan said. “Whenever I get him fit enough, we’ll find a race for him to come back. My goal is the Fall Meet at Churchill. If everything goes right, he’ll race next year. That’s what we want to do with him. When he set the track record at Ellis we knew he was going to be something. He was one of those horses that never had anything wrong with him going all the way up to the Kentucky Derby. It’s been pretty easy.
Ride On Curlin finishing second in the Essex Handicap