Sam Samsel's Out For A Spin provided a 52-1 upset in Saturday's G1 Ashland, stamping her ticket to the Kentucky Oaks with a half-length defeat of 5-2 second choice Restless Rider. The 3-year-old daughter of Hard Spun was ridden by Paco Lopez, and completed 1 1/16 miles over Keeneland's fast main track in 1:44.95. Even-money favorite and juvenile champion Jaywalk finished third after setting the early pace.
It was an emotional win for trainer Dallas Stewart, as just one race prior his trainee Cathedral Reader suffered a severe injury in the G1 Madison.
“She hasn't done much wrong,” said Stewart. “She's won her last two out of three, and she did it impressively. She trains great. In this great game that we have, there are ups and downs, and this an up. Great to have a win today with this big, beautiful filly. She took it (almost) wire-to-wire, and Paco (Lopez) gave her a great ride. We're going take it to the Kentucky Oaks (G1) from here.”
Jaywalk was quick out of the gate in the center of the field, while Out For A Spin pressed her through fractions of :23.19 and :46.46. Restless Rider was just behind those two early, between horses down the backstretch.
Both Out For A Spin and Restless Rider, the latter three-wide, challenged Jaywalk at the head of the lane. Out For A Spin dug in gamely to hold off Restless Rider by about a half-length, while Jaywalk faded to third. Bizwhacks finished fourth, and Lady Kate was fifth.
“I was very happy with her effort,” trainer John Servis said of third-place finisher Jaywalk. “I think this sets her up for the Kentucky Oaks. She is right where we want her to be. Hindsight being 20-20, I wish we would have sat off the pace a little bit. I thought she was the best filly. I told Javier to put her on the lead. She got pressured from the outside (horses). At the sixteenth pole when they spread out, she went to running again. Javier (Castellano) said we would have been better off if we sat off the pace.”
Bred in Virginia by the William M. Backer Revocable Trust, Out For A Spin was a $75,000 yearling at the Keeneland September sale. She broke her maiden at second asking, then won an allowance race at the Fair Grounds in mid-March before taking her shot in the Ashland. Overall, Out For A Spin has won three of her five starts for earnings of over $350,000.
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