Saturday, July 25, 2015
As a runner, Hard Spun was the genuine article. The last Grade 1 winning son of Danzig was both fast enough to beat top sprinters, but substantial enough to run with the best at classic distances. Proof of that is easily illustrated by his excellent second place finish to Curlin in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and in the Kentucky Derby to Street Sense, a rival he would later defeat in the nine furlong Kentucky Cup Classic, as well as his fantastic win in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop at seven furlongs. Overall, the Pennsylvania-bred compiled a 13-7-3-1 for owner Fox Hill Farm, and trainer Larry Jones, in just a few days over 12 months on the track. As good as he was on the track, Hard Spun has the potential to be even better as a sire. Standing for $35,000 at Darley America, the 11-year-old stallion has been a major hit at stud with his first three crops, and this weekend may have been the young sire’s best yet.