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Commanding Curve Wins, On KY Derby Trail

December 02, 2013 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share

Commanding Curve stamped his ticket onto the Kentucky Derby trail with a professional maiden win on the “Stars of Tomorrow II” card at Churchill Downs on Saturday.


Off as the co-favorite in the field of 12 juveniles, CC broke a bit slow before being hung wide around the first turn. He settled in hand for Shaun Bridgmohan before advancing at will, taking command, and drawing clear by a comfortable length and a half. It was a long way back to the third place finisher -- track announcer Mark Johnson exclaimed, “the others are just spots on the horizon!”


“Dallas told me one morning in Saratoga, ‘he’s gonna take some time, but this colt could be the real deal,’” said WPT president Terry Finley. “He just missed in his second start, but looking back that was a blessing as it gave us the ability to get him two turn experience against maidens. We know it takes a tremendous amount of luck and talent to get to the Derby, but this horse has his Partners dreamin’. This journey is what it’s all about.”


Commanding Curve is headed to New Orleans in a few days and will winter at Fair Grounds Racecourse. He could be pointed for the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes (G3) on January 18.


Trainer Dallas Stewart is no stranger to preparing a horse for the Kentucky Derby in New Orleans. He conditioned 2013 Derby runner up Golden Soul, who competed in the Lecomte, Risen Star, and Louisiana Derby.


“Commanding Curve sure acts like a good one,” said Stewart, a Louisiana native. “He was a little bit of a goof ball when he first shipped into the barn, but has just gotten better and better with time. His daddy (Master Command) sure loved New Orleans, he was two for two at Fair Grounds.”


Commanding Curve at the 2013 OBS April 2-Year-Old in Training Sale: