Let’s see. Curlin had exactly one workout on turf, and not even at Belmont. He finished second in a G1 race on turf to a former BC turf champion, with another BC turf champion behind him.
Gee, I’d consider that a pretty damn good effort. What did people expect? That he would win on a surface that he has never run on before, and had only worked out on once previously?
How American to expect it all to come so easily! Guess hard work doesn’t count for much anymore in our society of instant gratification.
Don’t keep training him on turf. Don’t actual T-R-A-I-N him. He can do it miraculously, innately on his own because he is a super horse, you know. Yep, let’s just go back to dirt. Doesn’t matter there’s no worthy challengers there—especially that broken-spirit 3-year-old Big Brown.
How smug are those who say, “Curlin can’t run on grass, so stick to dirt.”
How safe. How boring.
Just pack up your balls (literally) and take them home.