12/18/2013 11:30AM

Hard Spun’s Japanese fee set at $38,750

Barbara D. Livingston
Stallion Hard Spun will stand his first season overseas in 2014 at Darley's Japan farm for a fee of about $38,750.

Darley’s Japanese stud farm in Hokkaido, Japan, has released its advertised fees for the 2014 breeding season. Its stallion roster is highlighted by U.S. transplant Hard Spun and Dubai World Cup winner Monterosso.

Hard Spun, a 9-year-old Pennsylvania-bred son of Danzig, moves to Darley Japan after standing his first six seasons at Darley’s U.S. base, Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky. His initial fee will be 4 million Japanese yen, or about $38,750.

Hard Spun is the sire of three crops of racing age, and his best runners are led by Questing, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2012. Other notables include Grade 1 winner Zo Impressive, Group 2 winners Red Duke and Moviesta, and Grade 3 winners Easter Gift, Hard Not to Like, and Hierro. Prior to being shipped to Japan, Hard Spun annually shuttled between Darley’s U.S. and Australian farms.

On the racetrack, Hard Spun won seven of 13 races for earnings of $2,673,470, highlighted by wins in Grade 1 King’s Bishop Stakes, the Grade 2 Lane’s End Stakes and Kentucky Cup Classic, and the Grade 3 LeComte Stakes. He also finished second in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, Breeders’ Cup Classic, and Haskell Invitational Stakes, and turned in a third-place effort in that year’s Preakness Stakes.

Hard Spun will be the second Darley stallion to stand in Japan after establishing himself in the U.S. in as many years, following champion Street Sense, who stood the 2013 season at Darley Japan but will return to the U.S. for the upcoming season.

Making his debut at stud in 2014 will be Monterosso, winner of the 2012 Dubai World Cup. The 6-year-old son of Dubawi will stand for 1.5 million yen (about $14,500).

Monterosso won seven of 17 starts over five seasons of racing for earnings of $7,403,790. In addition to his Dubai World Cup victory, Monterosso also picked up wins in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes in England and the Dubai City of Gold Stakes in the United Arab Emirates.

"We had our best ever season in 2013 thanks to the support we received from our clients and the variety of stallions that we were able to offer breeders,” said Shotaro Kajiya, Darley’s director of nominations in Japan. "Hard Spun is such a versatile stallion with his turf and dirt winners, and Monterosso, who defeated some outstanding rivals in the Dubai World Cup, brings yet more depth to our roster and offers breeders excellent opportunities.”

Following is the list of advertised fees for the 2014 Darley Japan stallion roster:

Admire Moon – 2.5 million yen (about $24,200)
Deep Sky – 1.5 million yen (about $14,500)
Furioso – 500,000 yen (about $4,850)
Hard Spun (new) – 4 million yen (about $38,750)
King’s Best – 2.5 million yen (about $24,000)
Monterosso (new) – 1.5 million yen (about $14,500)
Pyro –1.5 million yen (about $14,500)
Storming Home – 1 million yen (about $9,500)