Curlin ~ The Canadian-bred Connection

6 x 8 oil on linen panel
6 x 8 oil on linen panel

As the 2008 Breeders’ Cup approaches, it seems only appropriate that I bring up Curlin.  Curlin is by Canadian-bred Smart Strike, and out of a Deputy Minister (also Canadian-bred) mare.  Just another example of the strong influence of Canadian horses in International pedigrees. Smart Strike ties into one of my previous posts – a son of Mr. Prospector, he is a half-brother to Dance Smartly;  and of course Deputy Minister is a grandson (by Vice Regent) of Northern Dancer.  Curlin is now the richest Thoroughbred of all time, having more than $10 million in earnings.  Kudos to his connections for running him as a four-year-old.  Saturday, he attempts his second victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

This painting is just a small study of the Big Red Machine – 6 x 8″ oil on Raymar linen panel.  It is a faster, looser work from most of the paintings you have seen here so far.  I used photos I’d taken at last year’s Breeders’ Cup at Monmouth Park, but made adjustments after watching him win the 2008 Dubai World Cup. I was in Dubai for the 2007 World Cup, won by Invasor, so watching Curlin’s triumph provided a little nostalgia!  I’d like to do a larger painting of Curlin – I’d give a lot to be at Santa Anita on Saturday!

This little original is for sale, framed, at $350.00.  As always, a percentage of the sale will go to LongRun.  Thanks for stopping by!

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