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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
Apr 12 2014 Arkansas Derby Oaklawn Park I 1 1/8 Miles 2 REPLAY
Mar 15 2014 Rebel Oaklawn Park II 1 1/16 Miles 3 REPLAY
Feb 17 2014 Southwest Oaklawn Park III 1 1/16 Miles 3 REPLAY
Oct 5 2013 Champagne Belmont Park I 1 Mile 3 REPLAY
Sep 7 2013 Iroquois Churchill Downs III 1 1/16 Miles 4 REPLAY


William G. Gowan


Known in the racing industry as "Bronco," Billy Gowan trains a small number of horses at Churchill Downs training center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Calvin Borel


Born in South Louisiana, Borel knew from a very early age he wanted to become a jockey. He won his first career Kentucky Derby in 2007 on Street Sense, and followed that up two years later with a rail skimming ride on longshot Mine That Bird, and won his third Kentucky Derby in 2010 aboard Super Saver. Borel also won the 2009 Kentucky Oaks and Preakness Stakes aboard Rachel Alexandra. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013.

Daniel J. Dougherty


Daniel Dougherty is furniture dealer from Louisville, Kentucky.  He bought Ride on Curlin for $25,000 and then turned down a $1 million offer after the horse set a track record at Ellis Park.


Curlin-Magical Ride, by Storm Cat

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As his name implies, Ride on Curlin is by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, North America's all-time richest Thoroughbred with $10.5 million in earnings.

Curlin was an inexperienced third in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, but he went on to win the Preakness, just missed to Rags to Riches in the Belmont, and ended the year with victories over older horses in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Breeders' Cup Classic.

At four in 2008, Curlin captured the world's richest race, the Dubai World Cup, as well as the Stephen Foster and Woodward, and repeated in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Curlin's first crop just turned three in 2013, but he's already sired a top-notch runner in Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice. A son of the remarkable Mr. Prospector stallion Smart Strike, Curlin promises to send out many more major winners.

Ride on Curlin gets the first part of his name from his dam, the Storm Cat mare Magical Ride, who finished third in the 2006 Adirondack at Saratoga. She has produced one other winner, Fanfare, also by Curlin and thus a full sister to Ride on Curlin.

Storm Cat needs no introduction as one of the world's great sires. Having lived to the ripe old age of 30, Storm Cat has established his own branch of the Northern Dancer line through a host of sons such as Giant's Causeway, while also exerting a profound influence as a broodmare sire.

Magical Ride is out of Victory Ride, the winner of the prestigious Test Stakes at Saratoga in 2001. Victory Ride was later honored with a stakes race in her name, which is now contested at Belmont Park.

Victory Ride is a half-sister to 1994 Hollywood Derby hero River Flyer. She hails from the family of high-class juvenile Worldly Manner, seventh when making an ambitious return to action in the 1999 Kentucky Derby. 

Ride on Curlin's pedigree pattern features 3x4 inbreeding to Mr. Prospector.

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