Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Curlin

Curlin is slated to be in New York this Saturday, making his turf debut in the Man O' War at Belmont. Apparently, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board had to grant a special license in order for the 2007 Horse of the Year to race in NY, because his two minority owners have been in a Kentucky jail since last summer.

William Gallion and Shirley Cunningham Jr., two class-action lawyers who bought Curlin as a yearling for $57,000, are accused of bilking 418 people out of $64 million in a successful class action suit against the makers of the diet drug Fen-Phen.

Gallion and Cunningham had a third partner, Melbourne Mills, Jr., who was involved with the Fen-Phen case, but not the horse. Last week Mills was acquitted for his part in the class-action suit. His defense? He was too drunk to take an active role in the conspiracy.

Curlin was only the eighth three-year-old to win the Breeder's Cup Classic. Hopefully he, along with some of the other tough guys from last year's crop of three-year-olds, will meet up with the thoroughly humbled Big Brown at the 2008 Breeder's Cup Classic at Santa Anita this October.