For the second week in a row Hard Spun, raced by Fox Hill Farm, had two offspring win Grade 1 races. Wicked Strong won the Wood Memorial on April 5th and yesterday Hard Not To Like won the Jenny Wiley at Keeneland. It looks like a sure thing that Hard Spun will return to Kentucky for the 2015 breeding season. In my opinion he should have never gone to Japan but surely he will be back in his old stall at Darley next breeding season. He is a top stallion in the United States.
It was a very strong field and Coup de Grace was coming off a tough race in the Holy Bull but he came through with a gutsy performance and a very patient and terrific ride by Javier. He was really sandwiched hard right after the break but we wanted to be off the pace. Javier was patient with him and waited perfectly to let him run. He encountered some problems in the stretch but he was determined to win yesterday. Fox Hill need a performance like that to perk us up.
Fame and Fortune, also trained by Chad Brown, ran a big race Friday winning easily to break her maiden.
Fashion Plate, a filly by our stallion Old Fashioned, won her second straight Grade I in the Santa Anita Oaks yesterday. It was another great performance by the three year old filly. This is huge for Old Fashioned who is having a strong beginning in his stallion career. Fashion Plate is planning on the Kentucky Oaks next.
All in all, it was a big day for Fox Hill Farm.
Beginning today with U.S.S. O’Brien running in the 6th race at Aqueduct, Fox Hill Farm has several races thru the weekend. U.S.S O’Brien is doing great and we expect her to run well this afternoon in New York. Finally, we will get to see Clark Kent in the second race Saturday at the Fair Grounds. I am flying over Saturday and it will be touch and go trying to get there in time for this race. He is also doing great and Larry is excited about him. We are running Mary Rita in the Fair Grounds Oaks knowing we are not as good as the two top horses by a long shot. We are trying to get lucky and grab third which would make us graded stakes placed. Her second dam is Personal Ensign so if we could accomplish this her value would be greatly increased. If not, Larry feels she can win a stake this summer. Normandy Invasion’s race is a tough one. He couldn’t be doing better so we just have to hope he runs a big race and we get the win. It is a big race for him. Running a big race is good even if we don’t win. Winning is what we really want, of course.