The Ashland Stakes and the Kentucky Association's Ashland Oaks were named for the Lexington homestead and breeding farm of statesman Henry Clay. The Ashland was inaugurated at Keeneland's first race meeting. The initial two runnings – at the Fall Meets of 1936 and 1937 – were for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and upward. Discontinued for two years, the Ashland was revived in the spring of 1940 as an event exclusively for 3-year-old fillies. From 1943-1945, the Ashland was renewed as a part of the Keeneland-at-Churchill Downs meetings. Central Bank became the sponsor in 2010.
The $500,000 Central Bank Ashland (G1) is for 3yo fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The second nomination fee is $1,000 and closes on March 22.
At odds of 30-1, Keeneland sales graduate Weep No More rallied from far off the pace to win the Central Bank Ashland:
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