R. Larry Johnson’s homebred Spun Glass, trained by Mike Trombetta, made her graded stakes debut a winning one at Woodbine near Toronto, Canada, on Saturday, Oct. 14, taking the Ontario Fashion Stakes-G3 by a half-length in a 27-1 upset.
Breaking from post four, Spun Glass was behind all but one of her eight rivals as rider Luis Contreras rated her towards the rail in the early stages of the six-furlong dash. As they rounded the far turn, off fractions of :22.54 and :44.24, she began to advance, but lacked running room at the head of the lane. Contreras angled her into the four-path at the three-sixteenths pole and took aim at embattled early leaders Loyalty and defending champion Hazelbrook. Spun Glass struck the front in the final yards and outkicked longer shot Awesome Treat, who was charging hard to her direct outside, for the surprise victory. The final time over the Tapeta track was 1:08.64, the race’s second-fastest running in 15 years; the $1 exacta paid $529.60.
It is the first victory for Spun Glass in more than a year, a span of 10 races since her score in last year’s Camptown Stakes at Colonial Downs. She was stakes-placed three times this season, with seconds in the Jameela at Laurel in July and Camptown in September, and a third in Pimlico’s The Very One in May. Her graded win improves her record to 1-2-1 from seven starts this year, for earnings of $123,420. Lifetime, she’s 7-3-4 from 28 starts, with a bankroll of $410,619.
A daughter of Hard Spun, Spun Glass is out of Johnson’s stakes-placed homebred mare Allwewantforxmas, who has produced four winners from as many starters. In addition to Spun Glass, Allwewantforxmas is the dam stakes-placed Xmas Surprise (More Than Ready), along with winners Xmasinthecity (City Zip) and A Lot Like Xmas (More Than Ready). Allwewantforxmas’ Virginia-bred Gun Runner filly sold for $325,000 at this year’s Keeneland September Yearling sale; her most recent foal is a colt by Caravaggio born May 5. She was bred to Johnson’s first-year Maryland-based sire True Valour (Ire) for 2024.