The promising juvenile filly won the Schuylerville Stakes (G3) on opening day at Saratoga. She returned to the winner’s circle on Sunday, capturing the Spinaway Stakes (G1) on the next-to-last day of the 2012 stand.
Stalking a rapid pace set by the dueling odds-on favorite Teen Pauline and 13-1 shot Corail, So Many Ways advanced when called upon by jockey Javier Castellano and went on to win by 2 ½ lengths.
So Many Ways, a daughter of freshman sire Sightseeing, ran the seven furlongs in 1:23.74. As the 4-1 third choice, she paid $9.80 for a $2 win bet.
“This filly came to Saratoga an infant and just as the weeks went by you could see her turning, putting on weight, growing, maturing,” said Dutrow, who won last year’s Spinaway with Grace Hall. “I didn’t know where we would finish today, but I was thinking we’d run better than we did in the Schuylerville.”
Owned by Maggi Moss, So Many Ways may have entered the Spinaway as the most accomplished filly, with a stakes win already under her belt, but not necessarily the fastest. Teen Pauline had set a track record in her debut July 25, running five furlongs in 56.53 seconds.
In the Spinaway, Teen Pauline had to prove she could stretch her speed to seven furlongs, while So Many Ways had to prove that her professionalism matched her opponent’s raw talent.
“I had a beautiful trip,” Javier Castellano said of the winner’s journey. “She’s pretty quick out of the gate and she settled beautiful behind the two horses. Those two pace-makers, they helped to set up my race. But I think if it wasn’t that way, no matter what, she was going to be in the bridle today, and she was going to be close to the pace and give me the kick the way she did.”
Dutrow said he had no immediate plans for So Many Ways, who is undefeated in three starts and increased her earnings to $307,800, but he reveled in the moment.
“I’m not surprised, but I sure am happy,” he said. “She came out of there with running on her mind. We’ve won [the Spinaway] two years in a row now, and I can’t believe where I’m standing.”
–NYRA Press contributed to this report.
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