Gary Barber’s Lexie Lou set rapid fractions, was collared by two other mares at the top of the stretch, and fought back for a game victory in the $200,000 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-IIT) July 3 at Woodbine.
Blocked by a wall of five horses exiting the final turn, Steve Moger's Stormy Lucy found space to the outside and just got up to catch Recepta at the wire to win the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) Nov. 29 at Del Mar.
Hard Not to Like has been quite the traveler in her four-year career, racing at eight different racetracks and winning at five, and the gray mare will look to add another to her list in the Matriarch (gr. IT).
- By Ian Tapp
Ian Tapp reviews session 1 of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Hear from Gary Bush of Denali Stud, Goncalo Torrealba of Three Chimneys, and Hugo Merry of Nawara Stud. Sponsored by Taylor Made Sales Agency watch video
Keeneland's 12-day November breeding stock auction's opening session, topped by DATTT Farm's $2.2 million purchase of Hard Not to Like, saw across-the-board increases Nov. 2 but also a higher buyback rate.
Hard Not to Like, a three-time grade I-winning daughter of Hard Spun, was purchased by DATTT Farm $2.2 million at the Nov. 2 opening session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Keeneland's November catalog features a selection of horses related to recent Breeders' Cup runners, and, as usual, Book 1 offers a number of stellar broodmares and prospects and well-connected weanlings.
Speedway Stable's Hard Not to Like and Sheikh Ahmed al Maktoum and Darley Stud Management's Talmada have been scratched from the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), Breeders' Cup officials said the morning of Oct. 31.
Foreign-breds Legatissimo, Dacita, Photo Call, and Secret Gesture will square off against the likes of Stephanie's Kitten and Hard Not to Like in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf
Tonalist, under jockey John Velazquez, worked five furlongs in 1:01 at Belmont Park Oct. 24 in his final work before the Oct. 31 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Keeneland.
A group III winner in France back in 2013, Trevor Stewart's Stellar Path broke through with her first graded score in North America Oct. 17 at Belmont Park, taking the $200,000 Athenia Stakes (gr. IIIT).
Lady Lara and Coffee Clique will be working Oct. 17 to find some semblance of their previously consistent form in the $200,000 Athenia Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park.
The $400,000 First Lady Stakes (gr. IT) at Keeneland Oct. 3 attracted 11 older fillies and mares, including grade I winner Tepin, Canadian champion Solid Appeal, and three European-based runners.
Photo Call and jockey Drayden Van Dyke split rivals midstretch and continued well to register a clear victory in the $300,000 Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. IT) Sept. 26 at Santa Anita Park.
A winner of grade I turf races on both coasts this season, Hard Not to Like will try for a third straight top-level stakes win when she starts Saturday, Sept. 26 in the Rodeo Drive Stakes (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
Recepta secured her second straight stakes win and first career graded stakes victory Sept. 19 in the Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Belmont turf.
Co-highweights Lady Lara and Coffee Clique look to return to winning ways in the one-mile Noble Damsel Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park.
Photos highlighting the 2015 Saratoga race meet.
Hard Not to Like closes from six lengths back to take Diana Stakes in record time and more in the August 1, 2015 issue of Blood-Horse magazine.
Hard Not to Like came flying and secured her second consecutive grade I victory July 25, edging out Tepin in the final strides of the $500,000 TVG Diana Stakes (gr. IT) at Saratoga while setting a turf course record.
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra discuss the Diana Stakes (gr. IT) featuring Tepin, Hard Not to Like, and Stephanie's Kitten. Watch Video
Claire Novak and Tom LaMarra discuss the Diana Stakes (gr. IT) featuring Tepin, Hard Not to Like, and Stephanie's Kitten. Download Equibase Past Performances for the Diana Stakes.
Even-money favorite Watsdachances weaved her way through traffic in the stretch, but could not get to Strut the Course in the $200,000 Dance Smartly Stakes (Can-II) July 5 at Woodbine.
Amerman Racing's grade I winner Coffee Clique relaxed just off the pace before motoring to the lead in the final sixteenth and winning $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 4 at Parx Racing.
A strong field of 10 fillies and mares has been entered for the $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap (gr. IIIT) July 4 at Parx Racing.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Coffee Clique||Brian A. Lynch||
|Distorted Legacy||Barbara J. Minshall||
|Hard Not to Like||Christophe Clement||
|Irish Mission||Mark R. Frostad||
|Julie's Love (GB)||H. Graham Motion||
|Moment of Majesty||Roger L. Attfield||
|Moonlit Beauty||John P. LeBlanc, Jr.||
|No Explaining (IRE)||Roger L. Attfield||
|Northern Passion||Mark E. Casse||
|Peche Mobilee||Judith R. Pottins||
|Solid Appeal||Reade Baker||
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