Grade 1 winner Silver State sired his first reported foal when a colt out of the winning Bodemeister mare Hope So was born at Hartwell Farm near Keene, Ky., according to a Jan. 24 post on Twitter by Claiborne Farm.
Silver State off to an encouraging start with his first foals 💪🏼— Claiborne Farm (@claibornefarm) January 24, 2023
This one, a colt out of Hope So (by Bodemeister), was foaled @HartwellFarm. We can’t wait to see more!
📸: @HartwellFarm pic.twitter.com/2N6oKkZ2K9
"The bar is set high @hartwellfarm after our first foal of 2023 arrived," Hartwell Farm tweeted Jan. 24.
Hope So is out of the grade 2 winner Sweet and Ready (El Prado), making her a half sister to multiple graded-placed winner Sweet and Flawless (Unbridled's Song) and stakes-placed winner Matikanetamakazura (Kingmambo). The immediate family also produced multiple grade 1 winner and millionaire Vasilika.
Silver State, a 6-year-old son of Hard Spun , raced from 2 to 4 for Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton Racing. Trained by Steve Asmussen, he won his racing debut in a dead heat with Relentless Dancer by 9 3/4 lengths. At 3, he placed in the Lecomte Stakes (G3) and Risen Star Stakes (G2), and then really separated from the pack at 4 when he racked up consecutive wins in the Fifth Season Stakes, Essex Handicap, Oaklawn Handicap (G2), and Metropolitan Handicap (G1). He won the Met Mile by a length over By My Standards , Mischevious Alex, and eventual 2021 Horse of the Year Knicks Go .
Silver State was retired with a 7-3-2 record from 14 starts and $1,933,094 in earnings. He stands at Claiborne this year for an advertised fee of $20,000.