Hard Spun to Darley Japan for 2014

Grade I-winning, classic-placed son of Danzig has stood in Kentucky and Australia.

Hard Spun , a grade I winner and sire of many top-class racehorses, including 2012 champion 3-year-old filly Questing, will stand the 2014 breeding season at Sheikh Mohammed's Darley stud in Japan.

"Just like Street Sense  was in 2013, Hard Spun will be a fantastic addition to our stallion ranks in Japan," said Charlie Boden, Darley's head of sales in America, of the son of DanzigTurkish Tryst, by Turkoman. "We are constantly looking for ways to enhance and accommodate Sheikh Mohammed's breeding operations around the globe, but are also looking for ways we can provide breeders access to our stallions on an international scale."

Hard Spun stood the 2013 Northern Hemisphere season at Darley near Lexington, for a fee of $60,000, after which he shuttled to Darley Kelvinside in Australia, where he stood for Aus$16,500 ($15,607 in United States funds). His 2014 fee has not yet been announced.

Hard Spun is currently second on the third-crop sire list in North America by progeny earnings, just behind Street Sense. In addition to Questing, Hard Spun's 23 career stakes winners also include Mother Goose (gr. I) winner Zo Impressive, and top European 3-year-old sprinter Moviesta.