Hard Aces, by Hard Spun, won the 2015 Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes (G1).
Graham ‘s Cruiser became the first winner for Louisiana stallion Hard Aces when he won a state-bred maiden race at Delta Downs Feb. 11.
The 3-year-old raced in fourth for the first three-eighths of a mile before gaining on the leaders and taking the lead in the final furlong. He won by three-quarters of a length, racing five furlongs in 1:00.78 under C. J. McMahon. He earned $22,800 for winning the $38,000 race.
Hard Aces was retired after running 11th in the Berkeley Handicap (G3) at Golden Gate Fields in November 2017 and went to stud the following year at Averett Farm in Louisiana. He currently stands there for a $2,000 fee.
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