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Daughter of Hard Spun, Just Like Hard Not to Love

    • After Retiring Grade 1 winner Hard Not to Love, WPT Jumps in For Another Hard Spun filly

    • John Sadler Trained One of Hard Spun’s Leading Earners

    • Hard Spun’s Breeders’ Cup Hero Spun to Run Also Made His Mark in California

West Point Thoroughbreds just retired a Hard Spun filly who scaled the heights of California racing. That was Hard Not to Love, a Grade 1 winner who truly lived up to her name and is now pregnant to Curlin, one of the leading sires in America.

At OBS April, a bay Hard Spun filly impressed the West Point buying team, including David Ingordo, the same bloodstock adviser who recommended the purchase of Hard Not to Love. Once the hammer fell in the sales pavilion, the next decision was an easy one: to race her in Southern California, just like Hard Not to Love.

John Sadler will train the filly and he has a nice history with Hard Spun himself, having trained the veteran sire's millionaire and Grade 1 winner Hard Aces. Hard Spuns have done particularly well in California: Santa Anita is also where Hard Spun's son Spun to Run captured the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, and his daughter Hard Not to Like scored in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes.

"I saw her at OBS and really liked her," Sadler said. "We're going to get her right out to Santa Anita."

The new filly is a half sister to How Unusual, who won the Grade 3 Red Carpet Handicap at Del Mar a few years back.

Trainer: John Sadler

  • Campaigned top horses like Accelerate, Catalina Cruiser, Stellar Wind, Gift Box, Twirling Candy, amongst many others
  • 16 leading trainer titles in Southern California
  • Won Santa Anita Derby For Second Time This Spring With Rock Your World
  • Pulling Right Strings With Brilliant 3yo Flightline

Spun Beautiful Info


  • Trainer: John Sadler
  • Sire: Hard Spun
  • Dam: Veela
  • Broodmare Sire: Bartok
  • Birth Date: April 16, 2019
  • Sex: filly
  • Bred: Kentucky
  • Engagements: Breeders' Cup, Kentucky-bred program
  • Dosage Index: 1.86
  • Center of distribution: 0.40
  • TrueNicks: A++
  • Work Time: 10.1
  • Stride Length: 24.2

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