Racing fans will get at least one more chance to see Curlin at the track, although he won't be running.
Churchill Downs announced that the richest racehorse of all time will parade on Saturday, the closing day of the track's fall meet.
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"We're thrilled to have another opportunity to showcase Curlin in front of his many fans in Kentucky," trainer Steve Asmussen said in the track's news release. "We've always considered Churchill Downs to be his 'home' track, and we'll always remember that standing ovation he received after winning the Stephen Foster."
Curlin is going to be moving down the road soon to Lane's End Farm near Versailles to stand at stud for $75,000 next year.
The 4-year-old colt's majority owner, winemaker and Thoroughbred breeder Jess Jackson, has not ruled out one final race, if a tempting enough offer comes along. Curlin has been galloping daily at Churchill since his fourth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita in October, but it appears unlikely he will race again.
The reigning Horse of the Year and first horse ever to win $10.5 million will parade on the main track about 1:30 p.m., between the fifth and sixth races, with a special salute to follow in the paddock and/or winner's circle, Churchill Downs said.
Grandstand gates open at 10 a.m. General admission is $3; children younger than 12 get in free.