Curlin Wins Muddy Classic

Horse caps great year by taking sixth victory in nine starts
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2007 7:47 PM CDT
Jockey Robbie Albarado holds up the Breeders' Cup trophy after riding Curlin to victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic horse race at Monmouth Park on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007 in Oceanport, NJ. (AP Photo/Frank...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Curlin capped a grand year by winning the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic today, the AP reports. He blew by Hard Spun and Lawyer Ron in the home stretch and ran the 1 1/4 miles in 2:00.59 on a sloppy track, claiming his sixth win in nine starts. "He's a big-day horse," said trainer Steve Asmussen. In a sad turn, European star George Washington fractured an ankle and was put down on the track.

Ginger Punch won the Distaff by a neck over Hystericalady, as Octave trailed by another neck in third, the New York Times reports. Kip Deville bested European star Excellent Art by a length to take the Breeders' Cup Mile, and Midnight Lute sparkled in the stretch to beat Idiot Proof in the Sprint. Lahudood claimed the Filly and Mare Turf by 3/4 length over Honey Ryder.