Client Success: Hard Spun Mare Moves Clear Late In Latest Stakes Win

Hard Spun

Hard Spun

SUMMER IN SARATOGA (m, 5, Hard Spun – Love Theway Youare {GISW, $372,990}, by Arch)

SUMMER IN SARATOGA (m, 5, Hard Spun – Love Theway Youare {GISW, $372,990}, by Arch) was unhurried while off the inside rail. She moved through the three-path on the far turn. The Hard Spun mare then came into the lane four-wide with momentum under a confident ride by jockey Corey Lanerie. She continued on with good energy from mid-track and moved clear late to win her second career stakes by one length.

Sales history: $200,000 Ylg ’17 KEESEP; $165,000 HRA ’19 FTKHRA.

Lifetime Record: 14-5-1-2, $332,072. O- Highlander Training Center; B-My Meadowview LLC (KY); T-Joe Sharp.

With her latest victory in the Indiana General Assembly Distaff at Indiana Grand, Summer in Saratoga has stamped herself as a legitimate broodmare prospect being by Hard Spun and out of a Grade 1 stakes winning Arch mare. She is represented by a yearling half-sister by Candy Ride (ARG). Her dam is expecting a foal by Omaha Beach this year.

Clark Shepherd (Shepherd Equine Advisers), bloodstock agent for Larry Hirsch (Highlander Training Center), purchased Summer in Saratoga at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Horses of Racing Age Sale from the consignment of Denali Stud.

OPTIMAL Mating Analysis

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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1 Sire Family (12D) & 4 Racing Families (2D, 1S, A4, 4M)

Key Linebreedings

  • 2×4 Danzig – gender-balanced through son Hard Spun and daughter Aurora
  • 4×5 Alydar – gender-balanced through son Turkoman and daughter Althea
  • 4×4 Roberto – gender-balanced through daughter Darbyvail and son Kris S.

Similar Breedings

  • Danzig over Arch
    • Grade 1 Stakes Winners
      • I’ll Have Another (Flower Alley o/o Arch mare)
      • Bast (Uncle Mo o/o Arch mare)
      • Decorated Invader (Declaration of War o/o Arch mare)
      • Fire At Will (Declaration of War o/o Kitten’s Joy mare)
      • War Flag (War Front o/o Arch mare)
      • Lines of Battle (War Front o/o Arch mare)
    • Grade 2 Stakes Winners
      • Landfall (Myboycharlie o/o Arch mare)
      • Envoutante (Uncle Mo o/o Bluegrass Cat mare)
    • Grade 3 Stakes Winners
      • Blitzkreig (War Front o/o Arch mare)
      • War Dispatch (War Front o/o Unbridled’s Song mare)
      • Odyssey Moon (Snitzel o/o Arch mare)
      • Pincheck (Invinsible Spirit o/o Arch mare)
      • Rise High (Myboycharlie o/o Arch mare)
      • Drain the Clock (Maclean’s Music o/o Arch mare)
      • Valeria Messalina (Holy Roman Emperor o/o Arch mare)
  • Danzig over Tabasco Cat
    • Grade 1 Stakes Winner
      • Love Theway Youare (Arch o/o Tabasco Cat mare)
    • Grade 2 Stakes Winners
      • Asukano Roman (Agnes Digital o/o Tabasco Cat mare)
      • Fanticola (Silent Name o/o Tabasco Cat mare)
    • Grade 3 stakes winner
      • Ocean Embers (Beneteau o/o Tabasco Cat mare)

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