Sense of Style, with Edgar Prado aboard, captures the Spinaway Stakes, Friday at Saratoga.

Sense of Style, with Edgar Prado aboard, captures the Spinaway Stakes, Friday at Saratoga.

AP/NYRA Adam Coglianese

Sense of Style Fashions Spinaway Win

Edited from NYRA reports
Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith's Sense of Style toyed with six other 2-year-old fillies Friday afternoon, then dismissed them with a sudden flourish in the stretch to win Saratoga's 113th running of the grade II, $250,000 Spinaway at seven furlongs.

It was the second start for the filly, who broke her maiden at Saratoga on Aug. 1 going 6 1/2 furlongs. A daughter of Thunder Gulch, Sense of Style sat on the outside of Portsea and Miss Matched while they raced in fractions of:22 3/5; :45 3/5, and 1:10 3/5. When jockey Edgar Prado asked Sense of Style for more, she drew off to a 6 3/4-length victory in 1:23 4/5.

"She's a really good filly," said trainer Patrick Biancone. "Seven furlongs, I would say, is going to be the minimum she wants. She's very mature. She's strong and relaxed and has all the qualities. I think she has a great future. Before she wanted to stay next to the horse she's with, and today, she took off. She wouldn't have done that a few weeks ago."

Biancone said consideration had been given to running Sense of Style against colts in Saturday's grade I Hopeful, but it was a fleeting thought at best.

"Going in the Hopeful was a thought, but this is a more sensible race because it is easier than the Hopeful," Biancone said. "We are going to go slowly, because she could be an (Kentucky) Oaks filly. The way she is bred, distance will never be a problem. If she keeps going that way she's been going, we may go for the Breeders' Cup (World Thoroughbred Championships, Lone Star Park, Oct. 30). We'll look at the Matron (gr. I, $300,000, mile, Sept. 19, Belmont Park), too."

The favorite of the crowd of 23,730, Sense of Style returned $3.90 to win. Miss Matched held second, with Play With Fire, Broadway Gold, Punch Appeal, Portsea and Classic Elegance completing the order of finish.

"We got in a tangle leaving there," trainer John Ward said of runner-up Miss Matched. "She was a little anxious in the gate. We're as happy as we could be. It plays right into what we want to do, which is to go around two turns. She'll rate, she'll do anything you want her to do. She'll be pretty hickory in her next effort. She'll probably run in the Alcibades (gr. II, $400,00), 1 1/16 miles, Keeneland, Oct. 8) next around two turns."

(Chart, Equibase)