The Hard Spun colt Hierro showed great promise as a juvenile last year, first selling for $350,000 at OBS March to Stonestreet Stables, then earning TDN Rising Star status with an eye-catching 5 1/4-length maiden win under the Twin Spires in November. On Apr. 28, the Steve Asmussen-trained 3-year-old lived up to that promise in the GIII Derby Trial S. at Churchill, winning off by 1 1/2 lengths over the highly regarded pair of Paynter and Steal Case. The one-mile race, contested over a sloppy surface, was completed in 1:35 1/5 and earned Hierro a 107 BRIS figure. The handsome chestnut is now expected for the GI Preakness S.
That’s all exciting news for the connections of STREET TRICK, Hierro’s 2-year-old half-sister by Street Sense who BT’s Pete Bradley recommended to trainer Tom Bush at last year’s FTSAUG Sale. Bush purchased the filly for $175,000 on behalf of Mary Sullivan’s Sullimar Stable and she will join his Belmont string this summer.
In other recent BT news, the 3-year-old colt LOVE MAN (Scat Daddy) graduated as the 3-5 choice in a Charles Town maiden special May 5. BT sold LOVE MAN for $80,000 as a KEEAPR juvenile in 2011.