Marathon Farms’ homebred Whirlin Curlin, racing over a fast main track for the first time following off-the-board finishes in the slop and on turf, rolled to the lead on the far turn and never looked back to upset the $50,000 Christopher Elser Memorial by two and a half lengths, paying $49.80 while recording his first win.
One of seven starters in the second six-furlong stakes for 2-year-olds at Laurel Park on Saturday, Nov. 25, restricted to runners who spent at least 90 days in South Carolina, Whirlin Curlin was sent out by trainer Gary Capuano, who won the same race last year with O Dionysus.
A gelded son of Hall of Famer Curlin, Whirlin Curlin is a half-brother to 2015 Maryland Million Lassie winner Lexington Street, also trained by Capuano. Peter Angelos purchased their dam Lexington Girl (by Storm Cat) in the name of Marathon Farm for $70,000 at the 2013 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages sale with Lexington Street, a daughter of Stree Sense, in utero. Lexington Street made nine starts for her breeder, won three, was second twice and third once, earned $145,217 and was sold as a broodmare prospect at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale for $140,000 to Bridlewood Farm.
All three foals of racing age bred by Marathon Farms out of Lexington Girl are winners – her current 3-year-old, the Friesan Fire filly Friesan Gal, broke her maiden on Oct. 21 at Penn National after being claimed away from the breeder for $10,000 this past March. Lexington Girl was barren to the cover of Oxbow for 2016, and produced a colt by Palace Malice this year. She was bred back to Daredevil.
Read more about the running of the Christopher Elser Memorial here