Out For A Spin battled with Restless Rider through the stretch on her way to earning a hard-fought neck victory in the G1 Central Bank Ashland Stakes at Keeneland April 6.
With the victory, the three-year-old daughter of Hard Spun earned her first Graded Stakes win, and punched her ticket to the G1 Kentucky Oaks May 3.
Sent off at odds of 52-1, the chestnut filly looked nothing at all like a longshot, running well within herself while sitting just off the flank of heavily-favored Jaywalk through the early stages of the race. As the field entered the far turn, Jaywalk had had enough, and Out For A Spin took control as Restless Rider, winner of the G1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes last year, loomed up on the outside to challenge.
Through the final furlong it was all Out For A Spin and Restless Rider, as the two fillies battled it out for the victory. Nearing the wire, Out For A Spin finally edged clear, crossing the line with her neck in front.
Out For A Spin was bred in Virginia by the William M. Backer Revocable Trust. She is out of My Mammy, a Stakes-placed daughter of Came Home. In addition to the Ashland winner, My Mammy is the dam of Sweet Victory, winner of the Listed Penn Oaks. My Mammy is a half-sister to Bandini, winner of the G1 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes.
Hard Spun has sired over 65 career Stakes winners including 10 Grade 1 winners. The stallion is also the sire of 2019 Graded Stakes winner A Thread Of Blue, winner of the G3 Palm Beach Stakes.
Hard Spun is standing the 2019 breeding season at Jonabell Farm for $40,000, stands and nurses.