07/11/2013 5:15PM

Belmont Park: Amoss trio eyes Saratoga stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
Mylute will make his next start in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 27 or the Haskell at Monmouth Park the next day.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Tom Amoss will be sending nine horses to Saratoga early next week, including the stakes-bound trio of Mylute, Delaunay, and So Many Ways.

Mylute, fifth in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness, will make his next start in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 27 or the $1 million Haskell at Monmouth Park the following day. Mylute worked an easy half-mile in 51.40 seconds Thursday at Churchill.

“We’re evaluating who’s going to run where as well as the pace scenario of both races,” Amoss said. “Obviously, if we could find a race with an abundance of speed, that would be our liking.”

The speedy Verrazano and Oxbow are both targeting the Haskell, while the speedy Freedom Child as well as pace-prompter Palace Malice are targeting the Jim Dandy.

Amoss said that regardless of in which race Mylute runs, Rosie Napravnik has committed to ride.

Amoss said that Delaunay is targeting the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt on Aug. 4. Delaunay had won six consecutive races before being upset by Gentlemen’s Bet in the Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows on June 29.

So Many Ways, who last year won the Grade 3 Schuylerville and Grade 1 Spinaway at Saratoga, is eyeing the Grade 1 Test on Aug. 24, with a possible start in the Grade 1 Prioress on July 27. So Many Ways is coming off a third-place finish in the Iowa Oaks, a race run around two turns.