NEW YORK - Curlin became the first horse in North America to top $10 million in career earnings, winning the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup on Saturday at sloppy Belmont Park.
The $450,000 winner's purse pushed Curlin's career bankroll to $10,246,800. Cigar held the old mark of $9,999,815, which stood for 12 years.
Curlin, the 2-5 favorite, beat Wanderin Boy by three-quarters of a length, and Merchant Marine third. The defending Horse of the Year, ridden by Robby Albarado for trainer Steve Asmusssen, has 11 wins in 15 starts.