Phillip Dutton adds Derby runner-up to eventing team

Commanding Curve at Churchill Downs before the 2014 Kentucky Derby.
Commanding Curve at Churchill Downs before the 2014 Kentucky Derby.

Australian born US eventer Phillip Dutton should not have any trouble making the cross-country time with his latest arrival, Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve.

The five-year-old son of Master Command was a fast-closing second to California Chrome in the 2014 Kentucky Derby, and retires sound to Dutton’s stable after a ninth place finish in an allowance race at Churchill Downs on May 7. He ends his racing career with a record of 2-2-2 from 16 starts and earnings of $609,378.

Commanding Curve could not be starting his new career as an eventer with a better trainer in Dutton, a two-time Olympic team gold medalist.

Earlier this month Dutton joined the West Point Thoroughbreds partnership group that owns Commanding Curve.

West Point president Terry Finley said Commanding Curve took the team “on a great ride and gave us the thrill of a lifetime when he was rollin’ turning for home in the Derby”.

“We haven’t been able to recreate the magic of Derby day on the racetrack, and owe it to him to retire sound with the ability to move on to a second career,” Finley said.

“His partners came from coast to coast with backgrounds ranging from investment bankers to school teachers to a professional golf caddy, but for only a modest investment they all experienced the highest of racing’s highs together.”

Commanding Curve broke his maiden in the fall of his 2-year-old season before finishing third in the 2014 Louisiana Derby. As a 4-year-old he won an allowance race at Churchill Downs.

“I’m proud of him,” said trainer Dallas Stewart. “He ran the race of his life on the day it mattered most and it took a world beater in California Chrome to beat him. He’s a big, strong horse with a great mind and I’m excited to see what he can do in his second career.”

Bred in Kentucky by Tom VanMeter, Commanding Curve is out of the Lion Hearted mare Mother. Initially bought by Bradley Thoroughbreds for $60,000 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton October Yearling Sale, Commanding Curve was bought by West Point for $75,000 at the 2013 OBS April 2-Year-Old in Training Sale.

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One thought on “Phillip Dutton adds Derby runner-up to eventing team

  • May 27, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Dutton knows how to take care and bring a horse along. Best wishes to both, and please concern always for the horse.


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