Marathon Farms homebred Whirlin Curlin, fresh from a surprising maiden-breaking stakes win in the Christopher Elser Memorial two weeks earlier, pulled off another shocker by rallying through the stretch for a neck victory over Still Having Fun in the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity for Maryland-breds on a snowy Saturday at Laurel Park on Dec. 9.

A son of Curlin trained by Gary Capuano, Whirlin Curlin became the first Maryland-bred colt or gelding to win two stakes this year. Sent off at nearly 22-1 in the six-horse field, he was never far off the pace before making a four-wide move heading into the far turn of the seven-furlong test and digging in down the stretch for the victory. Maryland Million Nursery winner Clever Mind, the 1-5 favorite, was three and a half lengths back in third. Final time was 1:23.96.

A half-brother to 2015 Maryland Million Lassie winner Lexington Street (by Street Sense), also trained by Capuano, Whirlin Curlin is out of Lexington Girl (by Storm Cat). Peter Angelos purchased the mare in the name of Marathon Farm for $70,000 at the 2013 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages sale with Lexington Street 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.

Lexington Girl is the dam of nine winners from nine starters – all three foals of racing age bred by Marathon Farms are winners, the other the 3-year-old Friesan Fire filly Friesan Gal, a winner at Penn National in October. 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 Maryland Juvenile Futurity here

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