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Hard Spun Spin?

By all accounts, Hard Spun looked great in his easy victory, but I am still wary of jumping on (another) two-year-old bandwagon at this point. While he is taking the increasingly-well-trod Smarty Jones path through Arkansas, he has yet to face serious competition of the sort Street Sense demonstrated he is very capable of beating.

Afleet Alex faced the toughest competitors his group had to offer at two and three (and in my opinion was still much the best in the few races he lost) and so I was very much on his bandwagon — Hard Spun has yet to do that. It doesn’t mean he isn’t capable of it by any means (I do like him very much — I love Danzigs and as the tremendous photos at The Final Turn Gallery (such as the one at right) demonstrate, he’s a very striking individual) and there is a lot to be said for steadily stepping up the level of competition he faces, but it’s really too early to say how good he is.

We’ve seen plenty of talented two-year-olds amount to little as a three-year-old — Halfbridled certainly had the ‘second coming of Ruffian’ buzz about her, and for good reason given her early form — but a lot can happen over the winter. I think it is a positive sign that Hard Spun is scheduled to run again in January, but we’ll know more about what he’s got around March.

In any event, he does have a fan blog, and no doubt the Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes will be the race of the week on Comcast’s Let’s Go Racing program this Friday (although video is available here as well). And hey, he’s local…

In Barbaro news, he is being examined today by Dr. Scott E. Morrison from Rood and Riddle in Lexington — perhaps the most telling statement came from their PR director:

Robin Murray, public relations director for the Rood and Riddle center, said the hospital is capable of housing horses with laminitis, but added that Morrison has treated cases at some Lexington-area farms that can handle such horses as well.

Interesting.

Finally, Santa Anita is going to be streaming workouts on their website. That is, for lack of a better word, cool.

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2 comments to Hard Spun Spin?

  • Anonymous

    HI SUPERFECTA,
    I SAW HARD SPUN RUN AT THE PHA AND I WAS VERY IMPRESSED BY THE WAY HE RAN. I KNOW IT IS EARLY BUT I BELIEVE HE HAS ” IT”. WE SHOULD SEE HIS BEYER INCREASE AS HIS COMPETITION GETS BETTER. THE LECOMTE SHOULD SHOW US THAT. HE IS GREAT TO LOOK AT,TOO! HE HAS THE LOOK OF A CHAMPION- IHAVE A REAL GOOD FEELING ABOUT THIS GUY!
    JAN OF WOR.

  • Superfecta

    I certainly hope he continues to improve and do well; he is a lovely horse and looks so much like his sire.

    It’s just the numbers that bother me – Smarty got something like a 105 for the PA Nursery Stakes, after all…

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