King's Bishop S. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 7f ,)

HARD SPUN (B h, 121 lb) $150,000
Danzig —Turkish Tryst , by Turkoman
B—Brushwood Stable, PA.; O—Fox Hill Farms, Inc.; T—J. Larry Jones

First Defence (B h, 119 lb) $50,000
Unbridled's Song —Honest Lady , by Seattle Slew
B—Juddmonte Farms Inc, KY.; O—Juddmonte Farms, Inc.; T—Robert J. Frankel

E Z Warrior (DK B/ h, 119 lb) $25,000
Exploit —Carson Jen , by Carson City
B—Gulf Coast Farms Bloodstock LP, KY.; O—Zayat Stables, LLC; T—Bob Baffert

Margins: 1½, 4¼, ½. Others: Teuflesberg 121($12,500) , Most Distinguished 121($7,500) , Bold Start 117($834) , King of the Roxy 121($834) , Longley 119($834) , Pauillac 117($834) , Forty Grams 119($834) , Spin Master 119($830) . Winning Jockey, Mario G. Pino.

After dancing every dance of the Triple Crown, Hard Spun finally got his first grade I victory when he held off a determined First Defence by 11¼2 lengths in the Aug. 25 King’s Bishop Stakes at Saratoga.

Hard Spun had not won a race since taking the March 24 Lane’s End Stakes (gr. II), but it wasn’t from a lack of trying. In the meantime, the 3-year-old Danzig colt ran in four grade I races, finishing second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and Haskell Invitational Handicap, third in the Preakness Stakes, and fourth in the Belmont Stakes.

Larry Jones trains the bay colt, who kicked off the year with a win in the Jan. 13 LeComte Stakes (gr. III), for Richard Porter’s Fox Hill Farms. The breeding rights to Hard Spun were sold to Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley earlier this summer. Porter’s Rockport Harbor, a grade II winner by Unbridled’s Song, stood his first season at Darley this year.

Hard Spun was bred in Pennsylvania by Michael Moran in partnership with Brushwood Stable, which is owned by his mother, Elizabeth. Hard Spun, who is out of the stakes-winning Turkoman mare Turkish Tryst, was offered at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale by Eaton Sales, agent, but failed to sell when bidding stopped at $485,000.

Turkish Tryst was purchased by Michael Moran for $39,000 at the 1992 Keeneland September yearling sale from Darby Dan Farm, agent, and is out of the winning Roberto mare Darbyvail. In turn, Darbyvail is a half-sister to champion Little Current and grade I winner Prayers’n Promises.

Hard Spun is the first graded stakes winner out of Turkish Tryst, but all four of her other foals are winners, including stakes winner Our Rite of Spring (by Stravinsky) and Wild Current (by Wild Again), who earned $273,218 and placed in four stakes events. Another one of her foals, Grendel (by Atticus), is still racing at age 7 and has earned $176,099.

Turkish Tryst was barren to Hennessy for 2005 and aborted a Stravinsky foal in 2006. The 16-year-old chestnut mare delivered a Kingmambo filly March 14, who has already been named Kissed by a Star, and is in foal to Giant’s Causeway. The mare is now owned solely by Betty Moran.

Danzig is the sire of 198 stakes winners including additional 2007 added-money winners Astronomer Royal (Fr-I), Pitamakan, US Ranger (in France), and Haatef (in Ireland). Danzig was euthanized in 2006 at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky., because of the infirmities of old age. He was 29.—A.H.D.