It was a good opening day at Saratoga Race Course July 20, especially if your last name was Dutrow.
One race after trainer Rick Dutrow won the James Marvin Stakes (gr. III) with 6-1 shot Pacific Ocean, his brother Tony Dutrow saddled 5-2 favorite So Many Ways to victory in the 94th running of the $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. II) (VIDEO).
So Many Ways is the first stakes winner for freshman sire Sightseeing, a son of Pulpit. The 2-year-old filly came into the six-furlong Schuylerville off an impressive eight-length romp in maiden company first out at Parx Racing for owner Maggi Moss June 9.
"I told the entry clerk who took entries we were going to win this race," said Tony Dutrow, who took the 2001 edition of the Schuylerville with Touch Love. "I've won this race before 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 and jockey Javier Castellano sat in fifth off a pace set by Baby J, who rattled off a quarter in :22.22 and led the field of six through a half in :45.85. So Many Ways moved closer approaching the turn and set down for the drive as the Todd Pletcher-trained Can't Explain took over the lead under Jose Lezcano through five-eighths in :58.42.
"There was a lot of speed in the race today," Castellano said. "I'm fortunate, I just got her covered up behind horses, and she responded so well today."
So Many Ways came three wide off the turn and took control inside the sixteenth pole, edging clear of Can't Explain to get a 1 1/2-length victory in a final time of 1:11.51.
"She's a really nice filly, really good in the way she's developing, and I'm really excited about her," Castellano remarked.
So Many Ways returned $7.60, $4.40, and $2.90, while Can't Explain paid $3.90 and $2.60 and Baby J paid $3. Fully Living, Sweet Shirley Mae, and Brown Eyes Blue completed the order of finish. Mr Hall's Opus scratched.
Bred in Pennsylvania by John R. and John C. Penn, So Many Ways is a bay filly out of the Dehere mare Happy Scene. With the Schuylerville win, she remained unbeaten in two starts and collected a $90,000 share of the purse to boost her earnings to $127,800.
"I do think this filly will go on; her pedigree says she'll stretch out," said Dutrow. He indicated the Sept. 2 Spinaway (gr. II) at the end of the Saratoga meet would be a target.