Elite Power is a son of Curlin, a two-time Horse of the Year who has developed into the most important sire of Classic dirt runners in North America today.
At three, Curlin established himself as the leader of a vintage generation of colts that also included Street Sense, Hard Spun and Any Given Saturday. Winner of his first three starts, including the Rebel Stakes (Gr.3) and Arkansas Derby (Gr.2), Curlin gained Classic glory when defeating Street Sense and Hard Spun for the Preakness Stakes (Gr.1). In addition to earning honors as Champion Three-Year-Old of that crop, Curlin earned ascendancy over the leaders of the older horse division, capturing the Jockey Gold Cup (Gr.1) and Breeders’ Cup Classic (Gr.1), defeating Champion Older Horse Lawyer Ron on both occasions.
Returning at four, Curlin garnered two more Eclipse Award titles, one as Champion Older Horse and the other for a successful defense of his Horse of the Year title. Undefeated in five starts on the dirt that term, four of them in Grade one events, Curlin captured the Dubai World Cup (Gr.1), by a record margin of seven and three-quarter-lengths; the Stephen Foster Handicap (Gr.1) by four and a quarter lengths; the Woodward Stakes (Gr.1); and Jockey Club Gold Cup (Gr.1).
A son of two-time Leading Sire Smart Strike out of a mare by two-time Leading Sire and Leading Broodmare Sire, Deputy Minister, at stud Curlin has more than lived up to his pedigree. Starting with a first crop that yielded nine stakes winners, including the Belmont Stakes (Gr.1) and Metropolitan Handicap (Gr.1) victor Palace Malice, Curlin has firmly established himself as North America’s most important sire of Classic distance dirt performers.
Soon to surpass the 100 individual stakes winner milestone, Curlin is responsible for no less than 55 individual stakes winners and 22 individual Grade one winners. They are headed by Champion Sprinter Elite Power, Champion Older Horse Vino Rosso, Champion Three-Year-Old Filly and Champion Older Mare Malathaat, Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Nest and Champion Three-Year-Old Filly Stellar Wind. His other Grade one scorers include such as classic winners Palace Malice and Exaggerator, Keen Ice – conqueror of American Pharoah in the Travers Stakes (Gr.1) – Cody’s Wish, Clairiere, Connect, Global Campaign, Idol and Bright Future.
Curlin is now rapidly making an impact as a sire of sires. In both 2022 and 2023 the Kentucky Derby (Gr.1) was captured by a colt from the first crop of a son of Curlin, and Curlin is already represented by 11 individual sons who have sired stakes winners, six being responsible for Graded stakes winners, and four already represented by Grade one winners. His son, Good Magic, is the Leading Second Season Sire of 2023, and two of his sons are among the top ten Freshman Sires of 2023.