Client Success: Hard Spun Colt Edges Away in FG Allowance

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Kupuna (c, 3, Hard Spun – Hanalei Hailey, by Malibu Moon)

Kupuna (c, 3, Hard Spun – Hanalei Hailey, by Malibu Moon) was making his second start back after a layoff from chipping a knee in last year’s Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. He tracked two to three wide around the first turn before moving forward to press the leader from the three path on the backstretch. The Hard Spun colt gained an advantage while well in hand leaving the three furlong pole and cleared nearing the stretch before shifting to the five path for the drive home. Kupuna held sway from a group of chasers through upper stretch and edged away through the final furlong to win by 6 lengths under jockey Reylu Gutierrez.

Lifetime Record: 7-2-2-2, $150,700

O – Larry Hirsch & Wayne Sanders; B – Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings & Greg Biagi (KY); T – Bret Calhoun.

Sales history: $140,000 Ylg ’20 KEESEP.

Clark Shepherd (Shepherd Equine Advisers), bloodstock agent for Larry Hirsch & Wayne Sanders, purchased Kupuna at the 2020 Keeneland September Yearling Sale from the consignment of Elm Tree Farm.

OPTIMAL Mating Analysis – Kupuna (Hard Spun)

Horses bred on OPTIMAL Matings have proven to possess more potential to become superior racehorses. In fact, most will break their maiden in the first two starts. Combined with a good physical, good vetting and a price that falls within a budget, OPTIMAL Matings help to focus on buying or breeding better racehorses.

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2 Sire Families (3L, 14C) & 5 Racing Families (2D, 1S, 3L, 2S, 2C)

Good Combination of Female Families

Good Outcross Percentage

Good Linebreeding Balance

Good Grandsire / Granddam Linebreeding Percentages

Good Gender Linebreeding Balance.

Key Linebreedings

  • 5,6×6 Native Dancer – gender-balanced through daughter Natalma & son Raise A Native
    • Exact position as:
      • 10 Grade 1 Stakes Winners
      • 17 Grade 2 Stakes Winners
      • 32 Grade 3 Stakes Winners
      • 54 Listed Stakes Winners
  • 5×5 Raise A Native – through sons Alydar & Mr. Prospector
    • Exact position as:
      • Grade 2 Stakes Winner
        • Call Me George (Point Given o/o Chimes Band mare)
      • Grade 3 Stakes Winners
        • Cocked and Loaded (Colonel John o/o Malibu Moon mare)
        • Dalmore (Colonel John 0/0 Silver Deputy mare)
      • Listed Stakes Winners
        • She’s So Special (Hard Spun o/o Pulpit mare)
        • Caddo River (Hard Spun o/o Congrats mare)
        • Hunt Crossing (Corinthian o/o Silver Deputy mare)
  • 6×6 Nashua – through two daughters Bramalea & Gold Digger
    • Exact position as:
      • Grade 1 Stakes Winners
        • Summer Love (Freud o/o Pulpit mare)
        • Giant Ryan (Freud o/o Dayjur mare)
        • Kalypso (Brody’s Cause o/o Malibu Moon mare)
      • Grade 2 Stakes Winners
        • Coal Front (Stay Thirsty o/o Mineshaft mare)
        • Doswell (Giant’s Causeway o/o Minardi mare)
      • Grade 3 Stakes Winners
        • Comedero (Posse o/o Sir Richard Lewis mare)
        • Awesome Planet (Giant’s Causeway o/o Faliyev mare)
        • Northern Causeway (Giant’s Causeway o/o Silver Deputy mare)
      • 6 Listed Stakes Winners

Similar Breedings

  • Hard Spun over A.P. Indy
    • Grade 1 Stakes Winner
      • Aloha West (Hard Spun o/o Speightstown mare)
    • Grade 2 Stakes Winner
      • Moviesta (Hard Spun o/o A.P. Indy mare)
    • Listed Stakes Winners
      • Black Ops (Hard Spun o/o A.P. Indy mare)
      • Caddo River (Hard Spun o/o Congrats mare)
      • Mohs (Hard Spun o/o A.P. Indy mare)
      • She’s So Special (Hard Spun o/o Pulpit mare)
  • Turkoman over Valid Appeal
    • Grade 3 Stakes Winner
      • Turk Appeal (Turkoman o/o Valid Appeal mare)
    • Listed Stakes Winners
      • Take Down (Point Given o/o Valid Appeal mare)
      • Stratagem (Air Commander o/o Valid Expectations mare)
      • Karula (Colonel John o/o Woodman mare)
      • She’s So Special (Hard Spun o/o Pulpit mare)

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