Curlin will make his next start in the $500,000 Woodward (gr. I) Aug. 30 at Saratoga, Stonestreet Stables’ Jess Jackson told media members Aug. 5, but the majority owner would not commit to sending the reigning Horse of the Year anywhere after that, including the Breeders’ Cup later this year at Santa Anita. Jackson also left the possibility open that Curlin could race next year, saying the chances were “pretty slim, but not foreclosed.”

In sending the colt to the Woodward, a nine-furlong event for 3-year-olds and up, Curlin will head back to the dirt. When last seen, the 4-year-old son of Smart Strike finished second in the Man o’ War Stakes (gr. IT) July 12 on the Belmont turf, a race that was supposed be the start of a grass campaign that would eventually lead to him racing in Europe. Jackson did not rule out the possibility that Curlin, who is currently training at Saratoga, could return to turf at some point in the future.

“We had many options, but we decided this was the best place for him to show his talent,” said Jackson, who also considered this weekend’s Arlington Million (gr. IT) on the turf and the Aug. 24 Pacific Classic (gr. I) on Del Mar’s Polytrack, both $1 million events. “We felt it was best for him to race on a surface where he is already a champion and at a place where he can add to his legend. He is very fit here and is a very happy horse here. It’s a historic venue.

“I still think he can be a turf champion, but I’m not sure he has enough time this year to make the adjustments. The turf is not out of his future. We weren’t disappointed in the results.”

Jackson said he and his team, which includes trainer Steve Asmussen, considered the Pacific Classic in part because it would give Curlin at least one race over a synthetic surface, which would help if they decided to run him on Santa Anita’s reconstituted Pro-Ri