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The Thirteenth Annual
"Hats Off to the Horses:
The Road to the Derby"

The "This Hard Land" auction hat - "Hats Off to the Horses"
The “This Hard Land” Hat
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The Thirteenth Annual
"Hats Off to the Horses: The Road to the Derby"
A Unique Online Derby Hat Auction Benefiting Old Friends

sponsored by
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Featured Horse

This Hard Land
aka “Frankie”

This Hard Land aka "Frankie", the horse - Photo by Connie Bush


Pedigree: Foaled in New York on March 17, 2008; 13 year old gelding
Sire –
Saarland ; Dam – Supah Sassy (Gold Meridian)
Trained by: Rodrigo A. Ubillo
Owner: Lake Star Stable
Breeder: Topsmeade LLC - Saarland Syndicate
Jockey: Angel S. Arroyo
Record: 49; 7 – 8 - 7
Career Earnings: $451,221

Retired to Old Friends at Cabin Creek in 2016.

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This Hard Land aka "Frankie", the horse - Photo by Connie Bush
This Hard Land aka Frankie (on right) with his pal, Slew's Brew

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This Hard Land aka "Frankie", the horse - Photo by Connie Bush
Frankie enjoys a scratch with his pal, Slew's Brew

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This Hard Land at Old Friends
Courtesy Old Friends at Cabin Creek website


This Hard Land, or “Frankie,” is a tall and handsome New York bred gelding.

Owned by Lake Star Stable for his entire career, Frankie is named after a Bruce Springsteen song, which is also where his nickname is from.

Frankie was a hard-knocking horse, running in allowance and claiming races, as well as three ungraded stakes races. One of these stakes races was the Commentator Handicap. Frankie was a regular in the NYRA circuit and never raced outside of it. Because he ran frequently and was in the money 22 times, he became a fan favorite.

He was retired in March of 2016 because his owners felt that after 6 years of racing, his heart wasn’t in it anymore. He retired with a record of (7-8-7) from 49 starts and earnings of $451,221.

Old Friends would like to thank Lake Star Stable for donating a paddock and run-in shed for Frankie and his friend. Thanks to their commitment to Frankie, he has a safe and happy place to enjoy retirement.

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This Hard Land aka "Frankie", the horse - Photo by Connie Bush
This Hard Land aka Frankie (on right) with his pal, Slew's Brew

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This Hard Land aka "Frankie", the horse - Photo by Connie Bush
Frankie having some fun at the hat photo shoot with Acacia

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The “This Hard Land” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

The "This Hard Land" Hat modeled by Acacia Courtney - Photo by Connie Bush
Acacia Courtney modeling
The “This Hard Land” Hat by MAGGIE MAE DESIGNS®

Special thanks to Acacia Courtney, Gulfstream Park and New York Racing Association paddock reporter and the host of the “America's Day at the Races” shows on FOX Sports, for helping us this month with our “Hats Off to the Horses” fundraiser.

Thanks also to Connie Bush of Tiger Eye Photography for her stunning images of Acacia and “Frankie”.

The "This Hard Land" Hat modeled by Acacia Courtney - Photo by Connie Bush

The "This Hard Land" Hat modeled by Acacia Courtney - Photo by Connie Bush

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A very special ongoing hat collaboration with retired jockey Rosie Napravnik to benefit Old Friends of KY!

The Rosie Signature Hat Collection

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