I wasn’t sure how Cigar was taking all this buildup towards Curlin possibly passing him as the wealthiest Thoroughbred in North America. The milestone could take place Saturday at Belmont Park in the $750,000 Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup. Does he give a horse hoot about it all? Will it change his life in any way? Inquiring minds surely want to know. So, I asked. Here’s the tape transcribed:
Me (patting the Great One gently, starting the interview on a softball note): So tell me, Cigar. Does it shake you up in any way that Curlin is getting ready to eclipse your money-won record of $9,999,815? After all, his $9,796,800 bankroll is only $203,015 short of yours.
Me (stepping up the pressure): No, but I do have a camera. Here, let me take a shot. (Snap). Now, admit it. Aren’t you a bit jealous of Curlin, knowing he’s getting all the attention?
Cigar (snorting; blowing through nostrils): Are you kidding? He has to get up early and train in the mornings. You pay a price for everything.
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