Graded stakes winner Bandbox, a son of Tapit who stands at Northview Stallion Station in Chesapeake City, Md., has his first winner after He’s Not Curly turned an eventful trip into a victory at Laurel Park on Sept. 8.
Breaking slowly from his inside post, He’s Not Curly stalked the pace over the sloppy track, shifted to the outside as he rounded the turn into the stretch, and took the lead before being joined by longshot Confessor. The two battled the final eighth-mile, with He’s Not Curly losing the lead, then digging in and drawing off to win by a half length in the one-mile off the turf maiden test.
Owned by Step Up Thoroughbreds and trained by James Lawrence II, He’s Not Curly was bred in Maryland by Carl Lanier. Out of the winning Curlin mare She’s Curly, the gray gelding was born on Feb. 10 and was the first reported of Bandbox’s 32 foals in his first crop.
Bandbox was a stakes performer each of the four years he raced, won or placed in seven stakes from 15 career starts, and earned $390,345. Campaigned by Ellen Charles’ Hillwood Stable and trained by Rodney Jenkins, he scored his biggest victory at age 6 in the 2014 General George Handicap-G3 at seven furlongs. He won the one-mile Private Terms at 3, the Charles Town Juvenile and Sleepy Hollow Stakes at 2 and was graded stakes-placed at 4 when second in the Maryland Sprint Handicap-G3
Bandbox, now 10, is out of the Grand Slam mare Empty the Bases. He stands for $2,500 live foal.