MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP)—Rather than retire, Curlin repeated as Horse of the Year.
The Dubai World Cup winner took the top honor at the Eclipse Awards once again Monday night. Big Brown, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, was chosen 3-year-old Male of the Year.

A year ago, Curlin co-owner Jess Jackson decided to bring his horse back as a 4-year-old. Curlin set a North American record with career earnings of $10.5 million before being retired in November.

“It has been rewarding for us particularly because we decided to race Curlin again,” Jackson said. “I thank everyone for applauding that, and I hope everyone in the entire industry understands that older horses can run and still be sires.”

Curlin is now in Versailles, Ky. to begin his stud career.

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