Authors: The Ortiz Brothers, Emily Shields
Irad and Jose Ortiz are looking for their first victories in the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs this Friday and Saturday, and each has a live mount in both races.
In the 14-horse Kentucky Oaks, a $1,250,000 race over 1 1/8 miles on Friday, Irad rides #1 Out for a Spin and Jose will be second from the outside on #13 Serengeti Empress. He is also named on also eligible Dunbar Road for Chad Brown, who will get in if someone else scratches before Thursday morning.
Out for a Spin, who is trained by Kentucky Oaks winning trainer Dallas Stewart, was a 52-1 shot in the $500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) at Keeneland on April 6, but won anyway under a different rider. She prevailed by a neck after running close to the pace throughout, marking her third victory in five starts, and second win of 2019. Out for a Spin is by Hard Spun; Irad will be aboard for the first time on Friday.
“I’ve never ridden this horse,” Irad said, “but I did watch the Grade 1 Ashland video and she was tough that day. I think post position number one won’t a problem for us. It’ll be an interesting race.”
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