Showing poise and
maturity belying her youth, So Many Ways rallied from fifth to run past the
leaders and win the 94th running of the Grade 3, $150,000
Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies on Friday at Saratoga Race Course.
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 out of
the Dehere mare Happy Scene 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
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 won the debut on the lead and her off-the-pace stakes score
was especially impressive as three of the four winners of sprints earlier on
the card led gate-to-wire.
“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
As the 5-2 favorite in a field of six, So Many paid $7.60 for a $2 win
Next up for So Many Ways might be the Grade 1, $300,000 Spinaway at
seven furlongs on September 2 at the Spa.
“I do think this filly will go on,” Dutrow said. “Her
pedigree says she’ll stretch out. Absolutely [I’ll] look at the