Ridden by jockey Javier Castellano for trainer Tony Dutrow, So Many Ways raced 3 ½ lengths behind front-runner Baby J through an opening quarter-mile in 22.22 seconds before advancing four-wide on the outside with an eighth of a mile to go. Under steady urging, the daughter of Sightseeing cleared away from runner-up Can’t Explain and the weakening Baby J to win the six-furlong dirt race by 1 ½ lengths in a time of 1:11.51.
The victory capped an stakes double for the Dutrow family on opening day at Saratoga as Tony’s brother, Rick, won the Grade 3, $100,000 James Marvin with sprinter Pacific Ocean.
“I told the entry clerk who took the entries we were going to win this race,” Tony Dutrow said in the winner’s circle. “I’ve won this race before [Touch Love in 2001] with a horse that wasn’t as fast as her. I thought we’d be in good shape out there with the way this filly can finish up and we were.”
So Many Ways, owned by Maggi Moss, had made only one start prior to the Schuylerville, an eight-length victory in a 4 ½-furlong sprint on June 9 at Parx Racing.
“She’s a really nice filly, really good in the way she’s developing, and I’m really excited about her,” Castellano said. “There was a lot of speed in the race today. I’m fortunate; I just got her covered up behind horses, and she responded well today.”
–NYRA Press contributed to this report.
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