Hard Not to Love, the one-eyed mare who developed into a Grade 1 winner for trainer John Shirreffs, has been retired from racing and was bred to top sire Curlin on Thursday afternoon.
The 5-year-old daughter of Hard Spun will be offered at the Fasig-Tipton November sale.
Hard Not to Love captured the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes and Grade 2 Santa Monica Stakes in back-to-back races bridging 2019 and 2020. She won five times in 12 starts and earned $593,480 for West Point, Mercedes Stable, Scott Dilworth, Dottie Ingordo-Shirreffs, David Ingordo and Steve Mooney.
“She is the total package,” West Point CEO Terry Finley said. “She has got the physicality, the pedigree, and the race record.”
David Ingordo purchased Hard Not to Love at the 2017 Keeneland September yearling sale. The next year, her half sister Wonder Gadot finished second in the Kentucky Oaks before defeating males in two legs of the Canadian Triple Crown, the Queen’s Plate and Prince of Wales Stakes, en route to Canada’s Horse of the Year title.