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Breeders' Cup 2017

Amoss Confirms Mylute for Jim Dandy

Following a half-mile work over the main track on Saturday morning, Mylute was confirmed as a starter in the Grade 2, $600,000 Jim Dandy by trainer Tom Amoss.

 

Fifth in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness, Mylute was caught in 52.23 by NYRA clockers in his first local breeze since arriving from Kentucky.

 

“It was an easy half-mile,” Amoss said. “The track is deeper than what I’m used to back home. He’s not an exceptional work horse on his own. He’s a very good work horse in company, but today’s work was by himself. That was our last work, and we’ll gallop into the race.”

 

Jockey Rosie Napravnik, who rode Mylute in both the Derby and Preakness, was up for the move and will be back aboard in the 1 1/8-mile Jim Dandy, to be run on July 27.

 

Amoss considered both the Jim Dandy and the Haskell Invitational on July 28 at Monmouth Park for Mylute, who has two wins and $587,695 in purse earnings in 11 lifetime starts, but remains in stakes races.

 

“Mylute is a confirmed closer,” Amoss said. “We wanted to see how much speed was in each of those races. I’m pleased we’re running here. It’s right in his backyard, and he’s been here for about a week, so this makes good sense. And there will be some pace in the race, from what we can tell.”

 

Also on the worktab for Amoss on Saturday were the filly So Many Ways, who went four furlongs in 52.20 seconds, and sprinter Delaunay, clocked in 52.24 for a half-mile.

 

So Many Ways won the Grade 3 Schuylerville and Grade 1 Spinaway last year at Saratoga for her previous trainer, Anthony Dutrow. The bay daughter of Sightseeing joined Amoss after finishing fifth in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks in March, winning the Grade 3 Eight Belles in May at Churchill Downs.

 

Though he hasn’t completely ruled out the Grade 1, $300,000 Prioress at six furlongs on July 27 for So Many Ways, Amoss said he is more inclined to wait for the Grade 1, $500,000 Test at seven furlongs on the August 24 Travers undercard.

 

“I’d say we’re about 90 percent sure we’ll wait for the Test,” Amoss said. “It’s a good distance. She loves this racetrack.”

 

Meanwhile, Amoss is eyeing the Grade 1, $400,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt on August 4 for Delaunay, a 6-year-old gelded son of Smoke Glacken who has 14 wins in 40 lifetime starts, including the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap in May, his first graded stakes victory.

 

“Don’t sell Delaunay short; he’s a very, very good sprinter,” Amoss said. “He didn’t work as fast as [Mylute and So Many Ways], but he was our first worker over the course and we just made a little error in how fast we went early with him, so it didn’t show up as a great time. But, he’s doing well, also.”

 

 

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