Curlin Edges Street Sense in Preakness

Curlin kept gaining down the stretch and got past Street Sense in the final strides to win the Preakness Stakes Saturday at Pimlico.

In just his fourth lifetime start, Curlin ran third in the May 5 Kentucky Derby. In his fifth start, the son of Smart Strike became a classic winner with his narrow victory over the Derby winner.

Curlin was ridden by Robby Albarado, who two races earlier fell when his mount had to alter course around a fallen horse.

Xchanger made the lead out of the gate, followed by Flying First Class, Hard Spun, and King of the Roxy. The positions did not change as the field went through the first turn and straightened out down the backside, the opening quarter in :22.82 and the half in :45.75.

Finally, Hard Spun, who had led the Derby field into deep stretch, got the nudge from Mario Pino and took the lead as they went six furlongs in a fast 1:09.80. Calvin Borel brought Street Sense through on the rail but then moved out just entering the stretch. Curlin and Albarado were on the outside.

Street Sense spurted away and looked like he might sweep the first two legs of the Triple Crown, but Curlin dug in and came running at the Derby winner. He caught him right on the wire, the margin a head. The final time was 1:53.20.

Curlin is owned by Stonestreet Stables (Jess  Jackson), Padua Stables (Satish Sanan), George Bolton, and Midnight Cry Stables. He is trained by Steve Asmussen.

Curlin paid $8.80, $3.80, and $2.80 while Street Sense returned $3 and $2.40. Hard Spun held on for third and paid $3.

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Dan Liebman

Dan Liebman is a former Editor-in-Chief of The Blood-Horse as well as a past President of Blood-Horse Publications.

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