Friday, October 17, 2008

BC Classic "Curlin to face 14"

By BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP)—It will be Curlin vs. stars from Japan and Europe in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic that could decide Horse of the Year if Curlin successfully defends his title.

“It’s a grand stage,” said Steve Asmussen, who trains Curlin. “It’s going to be extremely competitive and we have nothing but respect for all of the horses that are involved.”

The Classic attracted a full 14-horse field, including undefeated Casino Drive from Japan and European stars Duke of Marmalade, Henrythenavigator and Raven’s Pass.

Asmussen will have three shots at winning the race for a second consecutive year when he saddles Curlin, Pyro and Student Council.

Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel and Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien have two entries each. Frankel will start Champs Elysees and Mast Track, while O’Brien brings Duke of Marmalade and Henrythenavigator.

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