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Patience bears fruit for Phoenix & Curlin’s Gesture

Patience bears fruit for Phoenix & Curlin’s Gesture

It’s not often that a race report contains a quote attributed to Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, but this is one of them. The Genevan thinker, among many salient thoughts, had this to say about patience: “Patience is bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” 

After much perseverance, the sweet taste of victory belongs to Phoenix Thoroughbreds after homebred Curlin’s Gesture got off the mark at Churchill Downs over the weekend. The four-year-old gelding was making just his second career start and a first since the summer of 2023 when he lined up in a Maiden Claiming race on Saturday (May 11). Although always highly thought of, even his closest connections would have been taken a little aback by his superb performance in which he posted some decent figures.

Trainer Brendan Walsh has used all of his know-how to coax the best from his charge, and the Phoenix-owned runner showed plenty of his talent to reward the faith shown in him. Breaking well from the gates rider Tyler Gaffialione had the son of Curlin in the perfect spot throughout, just a few lengths off the pacesetters. Moving into contention at the apex of the bend, he asked Curlin’s Gesture to move up the rail, past runners and win his race. That he did and drove away in the closing stages to score by around four lengths in the manner of a horse with more to offer. Awarded a Beyer of 82, he’ll likely now step up in class for his next start. 

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