04/03/2017 11:20AM

Hard Spun's progeny have solid weekend

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Hard Aces wins the Tokyo City Cup on Sunday.

Both a veteran campaigner and rising stars delivered for Hard Spun over the weekend as the Darley sire enjoyed a solid run. The stallion was represented by three winners, led by his 7-year-old millionaire Hard Aces, who won the Grade 3 Tokyo City Cup going 1 1/2 miles Sunday at Santa Anita.

Hard Aces has now won four stakes, including the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita in 2015, and has placed in eight others.

“We’re very happy,” trainer John Sadler said. “He won [the Grade 3 Cougar II Handicap at 1 1/2 miles] at Del Mar last summer, so we know he can get the distance. We didn’t really get the trip we wanted in the Big Cap last month, but he’s just been a wonderful horse for us. He’s had a lot of seconds and thirds. He’s run against some very good horses.”

Hard Spun won the Grade 1 King’s Bishop Stakes at seven furlongs but also won graded stakes around two turns and was second in both the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Danzig horse’s best runners, such as Hard Aces, have excelled at routes, including champion Questing and Grade 1 winners Hard Not to Like, Hardest Core, Wicked Strong, and Zo Impressive.

Hard Spun also was represented by a pair of maiden special weight winners over the weekend: the 3-year-old Time to Travel at Gulfstream and the 4-year-old Danzig Girl at Golden Gate Fields. Time to Travel, a full brother to Hard Not to Like, rolled by 4 1/2 lengths and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 88.

Hard Spun also was represented by Local Hero, who finished third in the Louisiana Derby on Saturday. Also third in the Risen Star Stakes in February, the colt now sits 15th in the Kentucky Derby points standings with the final round of preps still remaining.

Delta Prince second in Appleton

Delta Prince, a half-brother to the late champion Royal Delta and the final foal out of their dam, finished second in his stakes debut in the Grade 3 Appleton on Saturday on the Gulfstream Park turf, beaten half a length by rallying favorite All Included.

The broodmare Delta Princess, a Grade 3 winner, produced seven winners from as many starters, including three-time Eclipse Award winner Royal Delta, Grade 1 winner Crown Queen, Grade 1-placed Carnival Court, and Grade 2-placed Empire Way. The mare died at the relatively young age of 15 after battling a degenerative stifle condition. Her best daughter, Royal Delta, died due to foaling complications in February after delivering a Galileo filly, her first foal, at Coolmore Ireland. Coolmore recently said the filly is thriving while being raised by a nurse mare.

Delta Prince, by Street Cry, runs as a homebred for Adena Springs, which purchased Delta Princess for $2.6 million at the 2011 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The colt has not missed the board in five career starts and had won two straight on turf coming into the Appleton.

Arrogate dam delivers filly

Bubbler, the dam of champion Arrogate, has delivered an Into Mischief filly and will be bred back to Tapit, owner Clearsky Farm said.

Tapit, who stands at Gainesway Farm, has led the North American general sire list for three straight years.

Bubbler, by Distorted Humor, was offered at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale, two days after Arrogate won the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, but was bought back by Clearsky after failing to meet her reserve with a high bid of $4.7 million. Since then, Arrogate has captured the $12 million Pegasus World Cup and the $10 million Dubai World Cup to become the richest North American-based racehorse of all time.