Grade 1 winner Hard Not To Love thrilled her partners selling for $3.2 million to Whisper Hill Farm and Gainesway at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, also known as the “Night of the Stars” on November 9.
Trained by John Shirreffs for West Point, Mercedes Stables, Scott Dilworth, Dorothy Ingordo, David Ingordo, and Steve Mooney, the 5-year-old daughter of Hard Spun had quite the fan following during her racing career.
A paddock accident as a yearling left her one eye and trainer John Shirreffs did a masterful job being patient and tactful during the filly’s racing career. She was often handled by her groom Martin Lopez during the post parade and required extra time at the gate.
The daughter of Hard Spun was not short on talent, winning five times in 12 starts and earning $593,480. Her most exciting win came in the 2019 La Brea Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita under Hall of Famer Mike Smith.
“She’s beautiful and having one eye makes her even more beautiful,” said Whisper Hill’s Mandy Pope. “It obviously didn’t bother her at all, which just shows what a great heart and temperament she has that she will throw to all her babies.”
“Many thanks to John Shirreffs and his team for developing Hard Not to Love,” said West Point CEO Terry Finley. “John’s incredible horsemanship helped get the filly to the pinnacle of the sport. I’m not sure any other trainer would have had the patience and skill to manage her quirks. Congratulations to our partners and thank you to David Ingordo and the Lane’s End team for helping us make magic Tuesday night. You couldn’t help but get butterflies seeing her in the back ring. Simply beautiful.”