Written May 2008

Mr. Prospector line mares are particularly appealing with Hard Spun, with the Danzig / Mr. Prospector combination having produced Group winners such as Fusaichi Pegasus, Flying Spur, Brahms, Dayjur, Rumplestiltskin, Regal Rose, Laisserfaire, Scintillation and Miss Danehill. Australasian broodmare sires such as HUSSONET, RHYTHM, WOODMAN, STRAIGHT STRIKE, UMATILLA, GEIGER COUNTER, BELLOTTO, EL MOXIE, JADE ROBBERY, distorted humor, END SWEEP, INFLATE, VETTORI, THUNDER GULCH and SECRET SAVINGS are good candidates. 

Danzig would benefit by the presence of other LADY SUSAN family members BLETCHINGLY, ROCKEFELLA, KAMPALA and SHOWOFF II.   Sons and grandsons of Bletchingly include CANNY LAD, SIR LAURENCE, BEST WESTERN, COSSACK WARRIOR, BRAVE WARRIOR, BUREAUCRACY, OPERA PRINCE and KENNY’S BEST PAL.

Danzig works very well with STAR KINGDOM, with many stakes winners bred on this cross.  Apart from the Bletchingly line damsires mentioned above, Danzig works well with such descendants as MARSCAY, KAORU STAR, LUSKIN STAR, TODMAN and BISCAY.

Mares carrying COURT MARTIAL should also work well with Hard Spun, as he is bred on the same cross as Petition in Danzig.  Court Martial is most commonly found as the sire of WILKES, in turn sire of VAIN.

Stakes winner Our Right of Spring is a STRAVINSKY half sister to Hard Spun.

HALO line broodmares are great candidates for matings with Hard Spun.  A close relation to Northern Dancer, who is very prominent in Hard Spun, he can be sourced via DON’T SAY HALO, FUJI KISEKI, MORE THAN READY, irgunand SUNDAY SILENCE. 

MACHIAVELLIAN is also a close relation of Northern Dancer.  Mares by VETTORI,  EL MOXIE and STREET CRY offer this influence.

Hard Spun’ granddam Darbyvail is a daughter of ROBERTO.  Sons of Roberto will create a sex balanced duplication of this important ancestor.  Mares by AT TALAQ, BROCCO, RED RANSOM and his son SRI PEKAN are examples.

Similarly, his third damsire is MY BABU, whose son BETTER BOY can be most easily sourced via mares from the CENTURY line.  Damsires CENTAINE, RUBITON, EUCLASE, CENTRO, DOUBLE CENTURY and MARTEC.

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