Larry was in a training accident this morning at Delaware Park. He’s currently in the hospital after suffering a concussion but is in stable condition and his vital signs are good. We send him our best wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery.
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.