After his impressive second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, there is little doubt that Hard Spun is the real deal. Now sporting a record of five wins (four of them in stakes races) in seven starts, he is a G2 winnner and G1 placed, with earnings just shy of $850,000.
Not only does he have a huge future on the racetrack, but, oh, what a stallion prospect — a Danzig on the dirt! Danzig is already a proven sire of sires, but mostly for turf runners, and Hard Spun hasn’t even stepped foot on the turf yet. And, he’s out of G2 winner and multiple stakes-producer Turkish Tryst. a granddaughter of the exceptional producer Luiana, half sister to Kentucky Derby winner Chateaugay and dam of Preakness and Belmont winner Little Current.
While the Danzigs are known more as milers than routers, Hard Spun’s distance-loving broodmare sire Turkoman appears to have added the necessary stamina to put Hard Spun in the thick of things in the Triple Crown series. Between his pedigree and race record, Hard Spun should be among the most sought after stallion prospects from this year’s sophomore crop.
Hard Spun was offered as Hip No. 388 in the Keeneland September yearling sale of 2005, and he was a 3.5 Star WTC Best of Sale recommendation. He exited the ring as a $485,000 RNA. The final RNA price suggests a $500,000 bid might have gotten the job done.
Hard Spun has an exceedingly promising racing and stud career still ahead of him. Today he is worth millions of dollars.