Quality is the name of the game in horse racing–every owner wants to be standing in the winner’s circle on the biggest days. And ROCK HARD TEN, the second leading sire with four graded stakes winners from his initial crop, is a proven avenue, with an impressive 80 percent graded winners from stakes winners. Moreover, nearly 10 percent of his first-crop runners are stakes winners!
From his first crop, ROCK HARD TEN is the sire of:
- Doubles Partner, winner of the G2 American Turf S.
- Krypton, winner of the G3 Hill Prince S. and placed in the G2 Virginia Derby and G2 National Museum Racing Hall Of Fame S.
- Long Lashes, heroine of the G3 Sweet Solera S. at two
- The Mailet, heroine of the G3 Miesque S.
- Bear’s Hard Ten, a juvenile stakes winner at Woodbine
Members of ROCK HARD TEN‘s second crop have come out running, too. His daughter Alienation stamped herself as a filly to watch with a strong second in one of the premier races for juvenile fillies in the nation, the G1 Spinaway S. at Saratoga. Alienation, bred by White Fox Farm and owned by Natalie Baffert, also ran second in the G2 Adirondack S. at the Spa. On the same afternoon, ROCK HARD TEN‘s three-year-old daughter Hard Way Ten ran second in the one-mile, $100,000 Torrey Pine S. at Del Mar.
Another juvenile by ROCK HARD TEN, the colt Rockin Heat, is also twice placed in graded company. While still a maiden, he was beaten a length when runner-up in the grassy G3 Summer S. at Woodbine, then filled the same spot when just a neck adrift in the G3 Grey S. on the main track.
As one of the most exciting young sires in the country, ROCK HARD TEN figured to be popular at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling Sale. Indeed, from his three yearlings on offer, all three sold for an average of $328,333. They were:
- Colt out of Belong to Sea (BELONG TO ME), consigned by Lane’s End, who went to Live Oak Plantation for $450,000
- Colt out of Appealing Storm who went to Shadwell Farm for $325,000
- Colt out of Fiddlin Devon who went to My Meadowview for $210,000
The roll continued at Keeneland September, where six of his yearlings realized six figures. They included:
- Colt out of Barbera (Chi) who went to Jay Em Ess for $200,000
- Half-brother to MGSW Jack Sullivan (BELONG TO ME) who was purchased by Silverton Hills for $150,000
- Half-sister to MGSW Saint Buddy (SAINT LIAM) knocked down to Cam Allard for $120,000
ROCK HARD TEN is the leading second-crop sire by yearling median (two or more sold), and the second-leading sire by average!
And the train kept a rollin’ at the November Sales, where ROCK HARD TEN‘s weanlings averaged $104,777 (nine sold from 11 offered). They included:
- Colt out of Regard who was purchased by Westrock Stable LLC for $300,000
- Half-sister to GSW Bold Hawk who was purchased by Eldon Farm Equine for $185,000
- Half-brother to GISP Latigo Shore from Lane’s End consignment who was purchased by Waratah Thoroughbreds for $170,000
- Colt out of Miss Greenley from Lane’s End consignment who went to River Road for $115,000
ROCK HARD TEN is his crop’s leading sire by average ($104,777) and by median ($90,000)!