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Amoss Says Mylute's Plans On Hold

A decision is expected this weekend on a possible next start for Mylute, most recently eighth in the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy on July 27.

 

The 1 1/8-mile Jim Dandy was the worst finish of a 13-race career for Mylute, who was fifth in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness in his previous two starts.

 

"Mylute's plans are on hold right now," said trainer Tom Amoss of the 3-year-old Midnight Lute colt, who is owned by GoldMark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm. "He came out of the race fine. I think we'll make a decision on what's next for him, whether it be another race or a bit of a breather, probably Sunday or so."

 

Amoss had no explanation for the Jim Dandy, in which Mylute failed to make his typical late move and wound up next-to-last, beaten nearly 20 lengths.

 

"He got up here and, for the first week, it was hot. He was miserable," Amoss said. "He did not have a good week. But then the next week, the weather broke and he had a great week. I don't know how much all that affected him, or whether the track itself had something to do with it. I simply don't know. But, I can tell you in terms of soundness, he looks good."

 

Amoss said the Maggi Moss-owned So Many Ways, fourth in the Grade 1 Prioress on July 27, may come back in the Grade 1, $500,000 Test Stakes on August 24.

 

"Quite frankly, the only spot that's going to be available to us - and it's going to be Maggie's decision - is the Test. We'll have to see," he said. "The good thing about that race is it's seven-eighths; that's a good distance for our filly. I think you'll see a much more prepared filly than the one you saw the first week of Saratoga."

 

The Prioress was the first loss in three Saratoga starts for So Many Ways, who won the Grade 3 Schulylerville and Grade 1 Spinaway here last summer for previous trainer Tony Dutrow.

 

"She was a little temperamental [before the Prioress], more than she usually is, and she is a temperamental filly," Amoss said. "We've been able to control that pretty well, but I don't think we did a great job of controlling it in her most recent race, quite honestly. She just got a little upset in the paddock, a little hot.

 

"We're really good about having our horses calm, cool and collected. I don't know if she's going to run back here or not, but if she does, she's not going to be that kind of filly. We'll have done a better job of getting her ready than we did last time around."

 

So far at the meet, Amoss has failed to hit the board in three starts through 11 days. He will saddle Delaunay on Sunday in the Grade 1, $300,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, which attracted a field of five sprinters.

 

"We haven't had much luck up here so far," Amoss said. "Hopefully, our luck will change with Delaunay. Everyone keeps talking about how small the field is, but they ought to look at how good the field is. It's a strong group."

 

 

 

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