Hard Spun, owned locally by Rick Porter, will attempt to climb back among the top Kentucky Derby hopefuls in this Saturday's $500,000 Lane's End, a Grade II race at 11/8 miles at Turfway Park in Kentucky (ESPN, 5:45 p.m. post). Undefeated in his first four starts, Hard Spun was a disappointing fourth in the Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 19. The son of Danzig worked five furlongs in 1 minute, 3/5 seconds yesterday over the synthetic Polytrack at Turfway. "He handled the surface really well," jockey Mario Pino said yesterday. "He felt great. Hopefully, he'll rebound and show how good he is. In the [Southwest] it was like he was running on a beach. He never felt comfortable, he was struggling." Pino, 45, a jockey for 27 years, said his journey from Washington to Kentucky was the farthest he had ever traveled just to work a horse.