A Thread Of Blue added to his already impressive resume when he led from gate-to-wire to win the inaugural $1,000,000 Saratoga Derby Invitational by a length at Saratoga Aug. 4.
It was the third Stakes win of the year for the three-year-old colt by Hard Spun. He captured the G3 Palm Beach Stakes and Listed Dania Beach Stakes earlier this season.
A Thread Of Blue bobbled slightly coming out of the starting gate, but quickly recovered and went right to the lead. After that it was smooth sailing for the bay colt, who was never really challenged in winning by a length over Digital Age.
Bred in Kentucky by Flaxman Holdings Limited, A Thread Of Blue is out of the Seeking the Gold mare, Enthused. Winner of the G2 Lowther Stakes during her career, Enthused is also the dam of Norman Invader (G3 Round Tower Stakes) and Ea (Coyote Lakes Stakes). A Thread Of Blue’s second dam is Magic Of Life, winner of the G1 Coronation Stakes.
Hard Spun has sired over 70 career Stakes winners, including 10 Grade 1 winners. Hard Spun had a tremendous spring, led by his three-year-old daughter, Out For A Spin, winner of the G1 Central Bank Ashland Stakes. The stallion is also the sire of Hard Legacy, winner of the G3 Regret Stakes and Lucullan, winner of the Fasig-Tipton Lure Stakes.