Three-time Grade 1 winner Curalina has been named the Aiken-Trained Horse of the Year for the second year in a row, according to the Aiken Standard. The 5-year-old daughter of Curlin's 2016 highlights include wins in the G1 La Troienne and the G3 Shuvee, as well as a second-place finish in the G1 Personal Ensign. Curalina's career totals under the care of trainer Todd Pletcher were six wins from 13 starts and earnings of $1,535,940.
At the end of her 2016 season, the Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners-owned mare went through the auction ring at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale, bringing a final bid of $3 million from Japan's Shadai Farm.
Jack Sadler, vice president of operations for Eclipse, was on-hand to accept the award. He read the following speech on behalf of president Aaron Wellman.
“To have Curalina be named Aiken-Trained Horse of the Year for 2015 was an honor and a thrill. For her to become one of the rare horses capable of being crowned with the award in back-to-back seasons is a treasure, just as she was for Eclipse and our racing partners during her three-season campaign.”
Read more at the Aiken Standard.
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