Curlin’s progeny are not known for being the most precocious horses around, but Curlin always gets a few good two-year-old winners.
Curlina Curlina was the first two-year-old in Curlin’s fourth crop to debut. She started at Santa Anita on May 21, and finished fifth behind Alien Giant in a maiden special weight. Exaggerator came next. He also debuted at Santa Anita, back on June 5, and checked in fifth behind Nyquist.
Off the Tracks was the third member of Curlin’s fourth crop to take to the track. She debuted out east today, in a five-furlong baby race at Gulfstream. A daughter of the Boston Harbor mare Harve de Grace, Off the Tracks is half to multiple graded stakes winner and young sire Concord Point (Tapit). This also makes her full to Inspired by Grace, a four-year-old Curlin filly who has won thrice in ten starts. Concord Point won first out, but everyone else out of Harve de Grace has needed a few starts to get rolling.
Despite that, the public expected Off the Tracks to debut sharply. They sent her off the 8/5 favourite in a field of nine juvenile fillies, two of whom have started before. They did so despite Off the Tracks having drawn the rail, typically a drawback for a first-out maiden.
Off the Tracks did not disappoint.
She broke well, and settled in the second flight. In front of her Ima Tornado set the pace, with Star Mily pushing her along. Coming through the turn some room opened up between that pair, and Off the Tracks had plenty of run. Rider Edgard Zayas sent her though; she split horses as professionally as a two-year-old could. Star Mily stayed with her as long as she could, and stayed close until the furlong pole. Then, Off the Tracks found her next gear. She opened up on the field, and crossed the wire four and a quarter lengths in front.
Congratulations, Off the Tracks! Hopefully this marks the beginning of a big year.