Friday, September 26, 2008
Yo Mama, Curlin
We were hanging out at the Kentucky Horse Park, Cigar and I, when the talk turned to Curlin. The old guy, Cigar, is pretty laid back these days, taking life as it comes at the age of 18, living in the stall formerly occupied by John Henry. He goes out a lot at night, but never farther than his paddock.
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.
Cigar (whiffling through big soft nostrils, relaxed): Been there. Done that. Say, you don’t happen to have any peppermints?
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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