Any time an extraordinarily successful Thoroughbred brightens the racing scene for an extended time, this question rises into the realm of Great Sports Barroom Debates. How are we to know if that one horse fits into the pantheon of great race horses? The question came up with Cigar in 1996, when he attempted to break his tie with Citation for the modern record they shared of 16 consecutive winning races.
Curlin’s place in history also will be debated, more so if he wins the Woodward and whatever races lie ahead for him. There is no debating that he is an exceptional horse. Last year, I began to call him one of the greatest of our generation. Where he ranks on the lists of “great ones” is another matter entirely.
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