Rexson's Hope, Broodmare Sire of Hal's Hope, Dead

Rexson's Hope, whose maternal grandson Hal's Hope won a grade I stakes and led for part of the 2000 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), died in Puerto Rico. Twenty-year-old Rexson's Hope was owned by Ricardo Rosario at the time of his death.

Bred by J. Arthur Hawkesworth Jr., Rexson's Hope (Rexson--Abe's Miss, by Abe's Hope) raced for trainer Harold Rose and his wife, Elsie, in the name of Elsie A. Rose Stables. Rexson's Hope won eight of 58 races and earned $379,379. He won four stakes at Calder Race Course, and his nine stakes-placings included a third-place effort in the 1984 Flamingo Stakes (gr. I). Harold Rose tried Rexson's Hope in the '84 Kentucky Derby, but the horse finished unplaced.

Rexson's Hope entered stud at Michael Sherman's Farnsworth Farms near Ocala, Fla., in 1987. During his career, he sired four stakes winners. The best of the group was the Roses' homebred filly Mia's Hope, a grade II winner who earned $327,740. Mia's Hope's first foal, Hal's Hope, became the Roses' greatest horse in their half-century of racing. Hal's Hope won the 2000 Florida Derby (gr. I), and was out in front for part of that year's Kentucky Derby, but finished unplaced. He remains in training with Rose.