ROCK HARD TEN’s exciting 2-year-old colt Abtaal improved his record to two wins in three starts with a smart three-length victory in the one-mile G3 Prix Thomas Bryon at Saint-Cloud Oct. 6. Bred by Lothenbach Stables Inc. and owned by Shadwell, Abtall was second to subsequent group winner Sofast (Fr) on debut at Deauville in August, then came back to air by three lengths at Fontainebleau in mid-September. He was favored at 8-5 odds in the Thomas Bryon and came through with another facile win. The chart on Racing Post read: “Quickly into stride, soon led, quickened well 2 1/2f out, soon clear, ran on well, easily.” Abtaal was a $325,000 FTSAUG yearling and is trained by Jean-Claude Rouget. As a son of the Valid Appeal mare Appealing Storm, he is a half-sibling to G1SW Vacare and GSW Single Solution.

ROCK HARD TEN now has the important distinction of siring at least one group or graded winner from each of his three crops to race and is one of the leading young sires in the nation by graded winners. He has three graded winners thus far in 2011. In July, his outstanding 3-year-old daughter Nereid won the G1 American Oaks, while his 4-year-old son Doubles Partner won the G3 Tampa Bay H. earlier in the year. Daughter Alienation, a Grade 1-placed juvenile last year, came back to run third in the G1 Prioress S., and son Kevlar Kid finished second in the G2 San Diego H. ROCK HARD TEN can also boast being the sire of the juvenile group/graded winners Long Lashes and The Mailet, and of graded winner Krypton.

At this year’s yearling sales, ROCK HARD TEN youngsters who caught the imagination of buyers included a daughter of Grade I winner Tribulation (Danzig) who was hammered down to agent Ben McElroy for $250,000 at Keeneland September. The filly was bred by Eilse and Scott Kendall and Darby Dan Farm. Jay Em Ess Stable went to the same amount for a ROCK HARD TEN full-sister to the aforementioned Nereid, who also ran third in the G1 Del Mar Oaks. The Neuman Group bred the sisters. Other ROCK HARD TEN yearlings brought $160,000, $125,000, $120,000, etc.

Whether you are breeding for the track or sales ring, let ROCK HARD TEN roll you right to the top.

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