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Lane's End in running
to stand Curlin

LANE'S End Farm in Kentucky has emerged as the new favourite to stand reigning US Horse of the Year Curlin when he enters stud next season.

According to the Paulick Report, the four-year-old is likely to stand at $75,000, making him the highest-priced US-based first season sire of 2009.

Bill Farish, manager of Lane's End, was unavailable for comment on Thursday. However, if Curlin does retire to the farm, he will join a roster of 21 stallions including his sire Smart Strike.

Part owner Jess Jackson announced last week that Curlin - whose earnings of $10,501,800 is an all-time record - would commence stud duties next season, despite the ongoing legal battles surrounding the colt.

Jackson currently owns 80 per cent of Curlin and has offered $4m to acquire the 20 per cent interest owned by Midnight Cry Stable, which is operated by disbarred lawyerss Shirley Cunningham and William Garrion.

Although the offer is based on a recent $20m valuation determined by bloodstock consultant Ric Waldman, Midnight Cry feelsthat it falls well below Curlin's value and consequently could appeal against the sale if it is approved in court.

Jackson had indicated that Curlin could stand at his Stonestreet Farms in Kentucky, but it is also believed that Gainesway Farm, which stands the Jackson part-owned Afleet Alex, and Taylor Made Farm were among the final bidders for the colt.

Jackson is also a significant shareholder in Ghostzapper, who stands at Adena Springs.

Wins in the Breeders' Cup Classic, Preakness Stakes, Stephen Foster Handicap, Woodward Stakes and consecutive renewals of the Jockey Club Gold Cup have seen Curlin dominate US racing over the past two seasons

He also scored a facile successin the Dubai World Cup earlier this year and ran second to Red Rocks in the Man O'War Stakes on his only try on turf. To date, he has won 11 of 16 starts.

Although trainer Steve Asmussen has not officially worked Curlin since his fourth place to Raven's Pass in the Breeders' Cup Classic, connections have not ruled out another start.

 

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