Maggi Moss’ So Many Ways charged past a tight pack of fillies in deep stretch to win the 58th running of the $177,150 Eight Belles
presented by Xerox (Grade III) for 3-year-olds by a half-length over Fusaichiswonderful on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Tom Amoss
and ridden by Garrett Gomez
, So Many Ways covered the seven furlongs on a fast main track in 1:22.84.
The victory was
worth $101,046 and improved So Many Ways’ earnings to $424,346 with a
record of 6-4-0-1. It was the third graded-stakes victory for So Many
Ways, who won the Schuylerville (GIII) and Spinaway
(GI) last summer at Saratoga under the care of Anthony Dutrow
So Many Ways is a Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Sightseeing out of the Dehere mare Happy Scene.
So Many Ways returned $17.40, $7.80 and $5.80. Fusaichiswonderful, ridden by Javier Castellano
, returned $6 and $5 with Irish Lute
paying $12.40 to show under Brian Hernandez Jr.
was another half-length back in fourth and was followed in order by Blueeyesintherein
, Sittin At the Bar
, Guadalupe High
, Touch Magic
, Gold Medal Dancer
and Renee’s Titan
EIGHT BELLES QUOTES
Garrett Gomez, jockey of So Many Ways, winner –
“I had a good trip. I was behind the speed on the backside and I waited
my turn. On the turn, I got into a little pocket, so I eased out. Joel
(Rosario on Calistoga) went
around me and I was able to follow him. Tom (trainer Tom Amoss) told me
to get her outside and I did. Then I asked her and she gave it to me.
She’s a little bit of a filly, but she’s got a big heart.”
Tom Amoss, trainer of So Many Ways, winner
– “We knew the style she likes to run, which is to come from off the
pace and come around horses. Garrett (Gomez) was trapped for a long
time. When he got outside, she did
some running. It worked to our advantage and turned out well.
“I want make a point clear. I
just picked up where (former trainer) Tony Dutrow left off. Dutrow did a
great job. He told me what to do today and it made all the difference.”
Javier Castellano, jockey of Fusaichiwonderful, second –
“It was an exciting race. My filly was hesitating splitting horses and I
think I lost momentum right there. I am proud of her but was just got
Brian Hernandez, Jr., jockey of Irish Lute, third –
“It was a free for all down the lane but we had a great trip on the
outside. When we turned for home, I got my filly to switch leads she
sprinted home really nice
but she got outkicked the last two jumps.”