Breeders’ Cup Distaff in Sight for Curalina

Curalina continues to prepare for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I) with a half-mile work at Belmont Park. She ran in the company of Zulu, who won the 2016 Fountain of Youth (gr. II). curalina

The four-year-old Curlin filly began training for the Distaff following a runner-up finish in the Personal Ensign (gr. I) on August 27. Her latest training run lasted four furlongs and was completed in a time of :59.59. It was the fastest time of the day at that distance out of 15 horses.

“She’s always been a good workhorse,” said trainer Todd Pletcher. “A lot of times, we don’t work her in company because she does things pretty willingly on her own, but for today’s work we wanted to make sure we got a good, solid work. This is her most significant breeze leading into it and we wanted to make sure she got a good one and she certainly did.”

According to Pletcher’s watch, she ran six furlongs in 1:12 3/5 and seven furlongs in 1:27. She crossed the mile marker in a time of 1:44. Curalina finished third in last year’s Distaff and has been pre-entered in both the Distaff and the Filly & Mare (gr. 1).

“It gave me confidence that she’s in excellent form,” said Pletcher, “and it puts her in a position that we can feel comfortable that she’s ready to go a mile and an eighth off a little bit of freshening and sharp enough that, if we decide to go seven-eighths, she could do that as well.”

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