Sightseeing's So Many Ways Remains Unbeaten in GI Spinaway S.
Yesterday's GI Spinaway S. at Saratoga was viewed by many to be no more than a procession for "TDN Rising Star" Teen Pauline (Tapit), but Maggi Moss's GIII Schuylerville S. heroine So Many Ways (Sightseeing) had other ideas. The 7-2 third choice stalked the odds-on favorite from third, ranged up ominously at the head of the lane and wore down her more-heralded foe at the eighth pole en route to a 2 1/2-length victory. Longshot Sweet Shirley Mae (Broken Vow) ran on to grab second from the favorite, while fellow 'Rising Star' Seasoned Warrior (Majestic Warrior) found herself much too far back and could only muster a fourth-place finish. "I love my filly," said winning pilot Javier Castellano. "She's been training phenomenal, and the last time I rode her, she was very impressive. I think she's going to be really good. She's got a long, beautiful stride. I can't wait to stretch her out a little bit. I think she can go farther, and I have a lot of confidence with her."
SPINAWAY S.-GI, $294,000, SAR, 9-2, 2yo, f, 7f, 1:23 3/5, ft.
1--SO MANY WAYS, 119, f, 2, by Sightseeing
1st Dam: Happy Scene, by Dehere
2nd Dam: Really Happy, by Avenue Of Flags
3rd Dam: Dear Laura, by Youth
($22,000 yrl '11 FTMOCT). O-Maggi Moss; B-John R & John C Penn (PA); T-Anthony W Dutrow; J-Javier Castellano. $180,000. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $307,800. *1/2 to Scherzi (Brahms), SW, $127,201. **First Grade I winner for freshman sire (by Pulpit). Werk Nick Rating: A+++ *Triple Plus* Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Sweet Shirley Mae, 119, f, 2, Broken Vow--Joyful Chaos, by Rahy. ($60,000 yrl '11 KEESEP). O-Ice Wine Stable; B-Lewis Schaffel (KY); T-Wesley A Ward. $60,000.
3--Teen Pauline, 119, f, 2, Tapit--Effectual, by Carson City. O-Stonestreet Stables LLC; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Steven M Asmussen. $30,000.
Margins: 2HF, 2, 1 3/4. Odds: 3.90, 22.70, 0.65.
Also Ran: Seasoned Warrior, Corail. Scratched: Baby J, Dreaming of Julia.
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So Many Ways entered the Schuylerville with what seemed on paper like a somewhat unassuming six-length debut score at Parx June 9, but she was bet like she couldn't lose that day down to 5-2 favoritism. And she didn't, flying home with an impressive late rally to score by 1 1/2 lengths with a 79 Beyer Speed Figure. She was somewhat overshadowed on that card by Stonestreet's 'Rising Star' and subsequent GII Adirondack S. heroine Kauai Katie (Malibu Moon), who recorded a 100 Beyer for her 12-length debut romp, but grabbed the spotlight back from another member of that outfit's powerful 2-year-old filly arsenal here. Dreaming of Julia (A.P. Indy), another promising Stonestreet runner who was coupled with Teen Pauline, was scratched.
Corail (Indian Charlie) kept the prohibitive favorite honest early, but proved no match for that foe and dropped out on the far turn. So Many Ways wasn't far behind to pick up the baton, however, and was confidently handled by Castellano, only receiving right-handed reminders once she was clearly in front while perhaps trying to bear out slightly.
"This filly came to Saratoga an infant and just as the weeks went by you could see her turning, putting on weight, growing, maturing," said winning trainer Tony Dutrow, who took last year's Spinaway with Grace Hall (Empire Maker). " didn't know where we would finish today, but I was thinking we'd run better than we did in the Schuylerville." He continued, "I was really feeling very strongly that she would improve off of that today. I didn't know if that was going to be good enough because I didn't know how good and talented [Teen Pauline] was. I knew she was talented, but I didn't know how good. I'm not surprised, but I sure am happy. She came out of there with running on her mind. Todd [Pletcher's Corail] pushed [Teen Pauline], and our filly picked up the pieces. I think I said in the paper that our filly would finish up. We've won it two years in a row now, and I can't believe where I'm standing."
Teen Pauline was flattered Friday when the runner-up from her July 25 unveiling My Happy Face (Tiz Wonderful) came back to win by 21 1/4 lengths, but she left her connections scratching their heads with a decided regression here. "I think how heavy the track played today [was a factor]," postulated trainer Steve Asmussen. "They closed like crazy. It was a completely different track than the one she broke her maiden on." Rider Julien Leparoux offered, "She put me in the race nicely. She showed me the same speed as before. She was doing it pretty easily, but she couldn't finish today."