- Finished second behind California Chrome in the Kentucky Derby. He was 18th after a half-mile and 11th after a mile. Swinging eight wide on the far turn, he rallied strongly before coming up 1 ¾ lengths short
- Took a similar route to the Derby as trainer Dallas Stewart’s 2013 long-shot second-place finisher, Golden Soul. Finished sixth in the Grade 2 Risen Star at the Fair Grounds then closed well off a wide trip to take third at 13-1 in the Louisiana Derby
- Has won one time in seven starts, breaking his maiden at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt November 30, 2013 at Churchill Downs
- Son of Master Command, an A.P. Indy horse who won five graded stakes races and earned $1.13 million for trainer Todd Pletcher.
Commanding Curve’s dam, named Mother, is a New Jersey-bred who won two starts for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert
WEST POINT THOROUGHBREDS
Since scoring its first winner in 1991, the West Point Thoroughbreds partnerships have been prominent on the racing scene. Founded by Terry Finley, president. West Point Thoroughbreds has nearly 400 different partners involved with more than 80 horses at any given time. Twenty graded stakes winners through May 26. Grade 1 winners include Awesome Gem, Dream Rush, Flashy Bull, Macho Again. Macho Again finished second in the 2008 Preakness Stakes and to Rachel Alexandra in the 2009 Woodward at Saratoga. Horses are in the care of numerous top trainers around the country, including Dallas Stewart, Bill Mott, Dale Romans and Tom Albertrani.
Stewart was born September 15, 1959 in McComb, Mich. Rode in match races as a boy and worked as an exercise rider and valet in his teens at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Worked for 12 years in the stable of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, helping condition star runners such as Lady’s Secret, Thunder Gulch and Serena’s Song. Took out his trainer’s license in 1985. Highest ranking was 21st among trainers in earnings in 2001 with $3,858,427. Has career earnings of more than $35.8 million. Has finished second with long shots in back-to-back years in the Kentucky Derby, first with Golden Soul last year and then with Commanding Curve. In 2000, won the Keeneland Spring Meet training title. Won the 2001 Breeders’ Cup Distaff with Unbridled Elaine. In 2006, his Lemons Forever upset the Kentucky Oaks, running from last to first to win at odds of 50-1. Two years later, the Stewart-trained colt Macho Again finished second in the 2008 Preakness Stakes, and to subsequent Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra in the 2009 Woodward. Has had three Belmont Stakes runners: Golden Soul (ninth), Dollar Bill (fourth in 2001) and Ready’s Echo (fifth in 2008). Resides in Louisville, Ky., and New Orleans, where his house was badly damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Jamaican-born Bridgmohan, who turns 35 years old on June 24, won the Eclipse Award as Outstanding Apprentice Jockey in 1998. His second aboard Commanding Curve was his best finish in a Triple Crown race. Lone Belmont Stakes mount, Santiva, finished eighth in 2011. Has hit the board four times in Breeders’ Cup races, with his best finish being a second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile aboard Pyro in 2007. Through May 26, had won 2,707 races in his career with $112,327,897 in earnings. Family moved to the United States in 1992, and Bridgmohan started out in racing as a hot walker, groom and exercise rider while in high school. Won first race in 1997 at Calder. Won six races on a card February 15, 1998 at Aqueduct. Duplicated the feat on December 22, 2007 with six wins at the Fair Grounds. Tied Hall of Famer John Velazquez for leading rider during the 2002 Aqueduct spring meet. Leading rider 2009-2010 at the Fair Grounds. Ranked 12th in the country with 246 wins in 2005. Has won many major stakes in New York, including the 2002 Jockey Club Gold Cup aboard popular New York handicap runner Evening Attire, and the Grade 1 Carter in back-to-back years, 2001-02 aboard Brutally Frank and Peeping Tom. Brother of jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan.
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