Hard Spun Foals

Happy Endings
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Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:08 am

Shooting the Breeze had a nice workout yesterday. Four furlongs in 48.35. He is entered in an allowance race at Gulfstream on Saturday.

video: https://www.xbtv.com/video/workout/shoo ... 18th-2020/
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Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:11 am

Green Light Go worked this morning. Will post video when available later today.

This is just an excerpt: https://twitter.com/LeahEngland8/status ... 74178?s=20

Full work: https://www.xbtv.com/video/green-light- ... 19th-2020/
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Sun Mar 22, 2020 12:56 am

No big wins today, but Antoinette finished 3rd in the Fairgrounds Oaks and earned 20 points toward the Kentucky Oaks. Silver State finished 7th in the Louisiana Derby. Interesting to note that Hard Spun is the broodmare sire of the winner, Wells Bayou.
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Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:56 pm

We may be in for a bit of a lull in action as various racetracks suspend racing. So I am going to start looking for replays of some memorable stakes wins by Hard Spun babies .

I am going to start with Zo Impressive in the 2012 G1 Mother Goose Stakes.

Race: Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park
Winner: Zo Impressive (94 Beyer)
Jockey: Rajiv Maragh
Trainer: Tom Albertrani
Fast Fact: Zo Impressive got her first stakes win with the victory.

video replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4p688zdDk0
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Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:25 pm

Next up is Questing. This is her allowance win on June 24, 2012, in race #1 at Belmont Park. She completed the mile in 1:34.14. This is the race that hinted at what was to come for this brilliant filly.

video: https://www.nyra.com/belmont/racing/replays

Luckily the replays go back to 2012...just! Search for June 24, race #1.
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Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:47 pm

The next logical race to share is Questing's G1 Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga, race #10 on July 21, 2012. Straight from an AOC to G1 competition. Easy peasy. This was a first G1 win for both her and her jockey, Irad Ortiz, Jr.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQQt7m7bi-E
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Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:51 pm

Next is Questing's freakishly good win in the G1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga, Saturday, August 18, 2012. Time was 2:01.29, fastest Alabama since Go For Wand in 1990. She earned a 106 Beyer Speed Figure for the effort. She is Hard Spun's only multiple G1 winner on the dirt so far. Zo Impressive finished 4th, came out of the race with a condylar fracture in her right front, and was retired.

https://www.nyra.com/saratoga/racing/replays (this is a longer video and has footage of the winner's circle)
or
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuwQ4qSZmQE
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Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:40 pm

Meanwhile, down under, in Albury, New South Wales, Australia, Spunlago won the Listed Albury Cup on March 20. This was his first stakes win, and 79th stakes winner for Hard Spun. He's 8 years old and his record is : 56-13:5:5

video: https://racing.racingnsw.com.au/FreeFie ... FullReplay
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Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:04 pm

Next up is Hard Not To Like, who, like Questing and Zo Impressive, is a member of Hard Spun's first crop of foals. Unlike them, she did her best running on the grass. At 2 in 2011 she beat males in the Cup and Saucer Stakes at Woodbine. Her next stakes win was in the G3 Marshua's River Stakes in 2013 as a 4 year old at Gulfstream Park. She later won the G1 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland, the G1 Gamely at Santa Anita, and the G1 Diana at Saratoga, beating Tepin at the wire and setting a new course record.

Here is a nice video recap of her career: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Ha ... &FORM=VIRE

The only place I could find a replay of the Cup and Saucer was here: https://www.tvg.com/results
The video is rather fuzzy. It's race #8 on October 15, 2011 at Woodbine.
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Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:42 pm

Here is a replay of Hard Not To Like's win in the G3 Marshua's River Stakes on January 5, 2013. This was her first graded stakes win.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TMyT1wFsBs
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