Commanding Curve in a racing rut

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Updated: 7/22 8:45 pm

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Horses are like people in that they have their own personalities, and when a thoroughbred is in a rut, sometimes all it needs is a confidence boost.

Commanding Curve was talented enough to place in the Kentucky Derby, but followed it up with a ninth place finish at the Belmont Stakes. He is expected to run Travers later in the summer, but trainer Dallas Stewart entered him into Friday’s Curlin Stakes.

“You know, the Jim Dandy is going to have Tonalist, Wicked Strong, a couple of really good horses, and we thought maybe just getting an easy race in him before the Travers might be the way to go,” Stewart said. “But now we’ve drawn the hole. It’s a big field. We’re just going to have to talk about it and see.”

Stewart has until the Jim Dandy entries close on Wednesday to decide. Wicked Strong will be in that race.

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