The Hard way

On the track, in the ring, improving mares. Take your pick. It’s actually quite easy with Hard Spun.

What a run, if you will, for Hard Spun. By the influential Danzig, you may recall that Hard Spun was a G1 winner of the King’s Bishop with four G1 placings including a second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. From a successful and active family with a stakes-winning first dam who is the granddam of 2018 G1 CashCall Futurity winner Improbable. And we haven’t even gotten to his stud record yet.

Hard Spun is the sire of an Eclipse Award champion in Questing and an additional eight G1 winners. In the ring, his 2018 yearlings averaged nearly $160,000 and sold for upwards of $850,000 and $950,000.

His first crop of foals following his year in Japan are just now turning three and 21 of them were juvenile winners of last year placing him in the top 10 among all sires of two-year-olds. And 2019 has started off very well as another from this crop, the Graham Motion-trained Shootin’ the Breeze, scored by nine lengths in just his second career start at Tampa Bay.

Marrette Farrell

And it appears that his strong story line is being read by those who know. In the TDN’s “Under the Radar” section on January 10th, Marrette Farrell summed up Hard Spun’s body of work quite well when she said, “Straightaway, I’d say Hard Spun. He’s a phenomenal stallion and gets you a real runner. At the end of the day, we all get caught up in the whole sales thing, and he can get you a proper racehorse, and a sales horse, plus he’s an emerging top-class broodmare sire. How can you overlook a horse like that at $40,000?

We are always trying to anticipate which stallions are currently quiet and which ones are about to take off. I think Hard Spun is in this spot right now. His first crop since he came back from Japan have just turned three and he is poised to kick right into gear now that they are going to get the chance to go two turns, be it turf or dirt. In my opinion he is real value. Dave Anderson of Anderson Farms who I work with, had a filly of his sell for $950,000 (at Keeneland September 2018). That’s right there at the top of the tree, and you don’t have to pay $300,000 for a stud fee. For me, the versatility of that and the consistency of a stallion like that is hugely important. If you have a young mare from a good family that you think might have the tools to be a producer, Hard Spun can be a solid foundation sire to get her up and running. So, Hard Spun; a) because he’ll help make a mare, b) because you’ll have a chance at a racehorse and c) because you’ll have opportunity for a good sale horse.”

There certainly is a growing group of stallions at or near the $40,000 level, but when it comes to comparing apples to apples, Hard Spun goes from strength to strength. And getting stroner.

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