Even though Jensen hasn’t been nominated to the Triple Crown that won’t stop him from following in his broodmare sire’s Hard Spun footsteps in the upcoming $500,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (gr. III). The race is scheduled to take place at Turfway Park on April 2nd.

According to Turfway’s racing office, the 1 1/8-mile Spiral will attract a full field of three-year-olds looking to gain ‘Road to the Kentucky Derby’ qualifying points; 85 points, to be exact.

The Kentucky-bred Jensen comes from the Hard Spun mare Spun Lake. Hard Spun is a previous winner of the Spiral on Polytrack, who also went on to finish in second-place at the Kentucky Derby. Hard Spun’s return to Turfway later in the year led to a victory in the Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II).

“Hard Spun loved the synthetic up there,” said trainer Larry Jones said. “I’m just going to try to make Jensen look as much like his old granddaddy as I can. This is probably the first grandson that’s out there running from Hard Spun.”

In order to be eligible for the Kentucky Derby, Jensen needs a $200,000 supplemental payment. However, Jones pictures a different path to the Kentucky Derby.

“I have always said I’ve wanted a horse good enough to dodge all the good horses,” said Jones. “A hero I had many years ago was a horse called Lost Code. He was the same crop as Alysheba and Bet Twice. He didn’t even run against those guys until he was nearly done making almost $2 million.”

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