Vino Rosso, a son of American elite sire Curlin
June 4, 2020
With a seemingly endless list of accolades, achievements and awards, Curlin has established himself as a leading sire in North America, and now Australians will have access to his success through his son Vino Rosso (USA) standing his first season at Spendthrift Australia.
Curlin’s race career saw him crowned Horse of the Year in USA in 2007 & 2008, voted Champion 3YO Colt in USA in 2007 and awarded Champion Older Male in USA & UAE in 2008. His success has continued into the breeding barn being the sire of 67 stakes winners, including winners of 21 Group 1 races such as the Preakness, the Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Now his most accomplished horse ever, Vino Rosso, joins fellow newcomer Omaha Beach (USA) (War Front) on the five-stallion roster which has been built with a focus on standing champion sires with successful sirelines. With strong values in supporting breeders, Spendthrift stand by this through offering stallions that have the credentials to produce progeny with a greater chance of high prices in the sale ring and winning races that count.
Vino Rosso fits the mould being a son of Curlin who stands for US$175,000 at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm. His success since commencing stud duties in 2009 has not halted – Curlin has sold 14 $1,000,000+ yearlings and demand for his progeny in the sales ring continues to rise with a yearling colt out of Bounding selling for $4,100,000 in 2019.
A dominant racehorse winning 11 of his 16 career starts, Curlin was placed in all three legs of the Triple Crown winning the Preakness Stakes before going on to win six additional G1 races, including the Dubai World Cup in 2008. However, his continued success in elite dirt races prevented Curlin’s potential on turf from ever being fully realised. Curlin only raced on turf once in the G1 Man o’ War Stakes where he was second to G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Red Rocks, beating another Breeders’ Cup Turf winner, Better Talk Now who placed third.
His own sire, Smart Strike, was a versatile stallion who experienced the heights of success with his progeny on both dirt and turf. Smart Strike’s top performer on the turf, six-time G1 winner English Channel, has gone on to sire both turf and dirt winners while fellow son of Smart Strike, Lookin At Lucky, has also produced stakes-performing turf horses. Curlin’s own son Palace Malice had his first G1 winner on the turf when Structor won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf in 2019.
While Curlin hails from the great Mr Prospector line, Vino Rosso shuttles to Spendthrift Australia this season offering breeders the opportunity to breed on the same Mr Prospector/Street Cry cross that is already familiar to Australian breeders through the feats of G1 winners Con Te Partiro, Lyre, Trekking and The Quarterback.