Ontario Stallion Conquest Curlinate in Illinois Derby
Conquest Curlinate, a multiple graded stakes-placed son of Curlin, will launch his stallion career in 2016 at the Everatt family’s Shannondoe Farm in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.
An impressive January Maiden Special winner at Oaklawn Park for owner Conquest Stables and trainer Mark Casse, Conquest Curlinate finished a nose shy of victory in his stakes debut, the Grade 3 Illinois Derby. He followed that effort with close runner-up finishes to Madefromlucky in Belmont Park’s Grade 2 Peter Pan Stakes and to eventual Classic winner Danish Dynaformer in the Plate Trial over the Woodbine polytrack course.
“Conquest Curlinate was truly one of the best three-year-olds I’ve ever had,” said Casse. “He never ran a bad race and was extremely unlucky not to have won one of those graded races. If not for a freak training accident in early July there’s no doubt in my mind we’d be talking about a Queen’s Plate winner. This horse just had so much untapped talent.”
Conquest Curlinate is a son of the red-hot Smart Strike son Curlin, a top 7 North American sire in 2015. The striking gray/roan colt is one of two graded runners out of Grade 2 winner Higher World, a daughter of Canadian Horse of the Year Peaks and Valleys.
“The good sons of Curlin are starting to come off the track and we couldn’t be happier to have one of them in Conquest Curlinate,” said Shannondoe Farm’s Arika Everatt-Meeuse. “He’s absolutely gorgeous and this is a great opportunity for Canadian breeders. I know we’ll be supporting him just like we did with Society’s Chairman. We’re grateful to Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell for the opportunity to develop a horse like this and we’re excited to be part of the Conquest team.”Conquest Curlinate will join leading Canadian first crop sire Society’s Chairman at Shannondoe Farm. The Everatt family bred his current leading runner, the multiple stakes winner and Sovereign Award candidate Caren.
Conquest Curlinate will stand for a $5,000 fee (live foal, Canadian funds).
For inquiries or more information please contact Arika at Shannondoe Farm, 519-631-5095.