2014 Kentucky Derby runner up Commanding Curve made his return to the races a winning one on Saturday at Churchill Downs. Several of his Partners were on hand for the race and welcomed “The Curve” to the winner’s circle with cheers.
Prior to this start, the son of Master Command last raced in the Jim Dandy and Travers Stakes in August at Saratoga. Following disappointing efforts following the Kentucky Derby, he was found to have ankle bruising and the decision was made to “put him away” for a couple months and to set our sights on a 4-year-old campaign.
“He’s a once-in-a-lifetime type of horse, and you always want those kind of horses to show up,” said Jeff Lifson, vice president of West Point’s operations.
Trainer Dallas Stewart (who is in New York preparing Tale of Verve for the Belmont Stakes said, “We gave him the time he needed and then took our time getting back to the races. He’s a good horse and I’d like to think he’ll keep improving off this effort. Races like the Whitney this summer in Saratoga are on our radar.”
Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan has been aboard Commanding Curve in his last five starts, and was also in the irons when he broke his maiden under the Twin Spires in November 2013. He was pleased with the gutsy effort and said, “It was a very good race for him – comeback race – to get his confidence going. You saw what he did in the Derby. He has that great acceleration. He really seems like he’s filled out into an even stronger horse.”
Purchased by Terry Finley and the West Point Thoroughbreds buying team for $75,000 at the 2013 OBS April 2-Year-Old in Training Sale, Commanding Curve has hit the board in 6 of 11 starts and has earnings of $603,634.
Watch Partners in the winner’s circle with their horse:
Running of the 2014 Kentucky Derby (G1):