Really Good lived up to his name after he came with a late rally in the stretch to capture the $150,000 Kent Stakes by three-quarters of a length at Delaware Park on Saturday, 15 July.
The three-year-old colt became the second Stakes winner of the afternoon for his sire, Hard Spun, after his daughter, Sparkle Blue, captured the Big Dreyfus Stakes at Laurel Park just an hour earlier.
Really Good broke through for his first Stakes victory in the Kent Stakes. Prior to Saturday’s win Really Good had finished second in the Hawthorne Derby, while as a juvenile, the colt had posted third place finishes in both the G2 Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland and the Listed Kentucky Downs Juvenile Mile. Like the Kent Stakes, those races were also on the turf.
Bred in Kentucky by Colts Neck Stables LLC, Really Good is out of Means Well, a winning daughter of Smart Strike. Means Well is out of the multiple Graded Stakes-winning mare, Great Intentions (G2 First Flight H., G2 Gallant Bloom H.), and hails from the immediate family of G1 Ashland Stakes winner, Karlovy Vary, and multiple Graded Stakes winners, Mean Mary and Bye Bye Melvin.
In addition to Really Good and Sparkle Blue, Hard Spun is also represented by multiple Graded Stakes winner, Two Phil’s, winner of the both the G3 Ohio Derby and G3 Jeff Ruby Steaks, and a gallant runner-up in the G1 Kentucky Derby.