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Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies: Undefeated So Many Ways done for the season
The $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies suffered its first major casualty on Wednesday when So Many Ways, the undefeated winner of the Grade 1 Spinaway, was declared from the Nov. 2 race by owner Maggi Moss. So Many Ways will be getting some time off in Maryland under the care of her trainer, Tony Dutrow, and could return to action at Gulfstream Park.
So Many Ways won the Spinaway at Saratoga in her last start Sept. 2. The day after the race, Dutrow told Daily Racing Form that So Many Ways grabbed herself on the coronet band of her left foreleg. The coronet band is the beginning of the hoof. At the time, Dutrow said he believed it was not a serious setback and the intent was to run the filly again this year. So Many Ways is the first Grade 1 winner for longtime owner Moss.
“I have struggled with the decision of whether or not we should push her as she continues to grow and mature for the thrill of running in the Breeders’ Cup,” Moss said in a release. “After great deliberation, I have weighed what is in her best interest, versus my chance to compete at Santa Anita, and decided it is simply pushing her too hard.”
Moss and Dutrow did not immediately return calls on Wednesday.
So Many Ways is 3 for 3. She won the Spinaway by 2 1/2 lengths and earned a career-high Beyer Figure of 80. Before that race, she accounted for the Grade 3 Schuylerville, also at Saratoga, on July 20. So Many Ways began her career on June 9, with an eighth-length maiden special weight win at Parx.
So Many Ways is a Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Sightseeing. Following her turnout time, she will resume training at Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida.
Miller has three possible starters
Trainer Peter Miller’s year is going so well, it would not be a surprise if all three horses he has under consideration for the Grade 1, $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies land in the Nov. 2 race at Santa Anita. Miller is coming off the training title at Del Mar and has Bares Tripper, Miss Empire, and Speedinthruthecity all in the conversation for the Juvenile Fillies.
Miss Empire will clash with undefeated divisional leader Executiveprivilege on Saturday at Santa Anita in the Grade 1, $250,000 Chandelier at a mile and a sixteenth. The race, formerly called the Oak Leaf, is the first of three Win and You’re In events for the Juvenile Fillies. Miller said Martin Pedroza has the mount on Miss Empire, a daughter of Empire Maker and a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Bordonaro. Miss Empire faced the Bob Baffert-trained Executiveprivilege last out in the Grade 1 Debutante at Del Mar and finished fourth, and before that registered her biggest career win in the $100,000 Cinderella at Betfair Hollywood Park. She also was third against colts in the Grade 2 Best Pal this summer at Del Mar.
Speedinthruthecity is to ship to Kentucky for the division’s second Win and You’re In, the Grade 1, $400,000 Alcibiades at a mile and a sixteenth at Keeneland on Oct. 5. Miller said Julien Leparoux has the mount. Speedinthruthecity has played runner-up to Executiveprivilege twice this year, in the $150,000 Landaluce at Betfair Hollywood Park and the Grade 3 Sorrento at Del Mar. In her most recent start, Speedinthruthecity was third by a head in the $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar, and because of that effort Miller said she is also under consideration for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf.
Bares Tripper’s next race is undecided, but she could train up to the Juvenile Fillies, said Miller. She was a 6 1/4-length winner of the $100,000 Barretts Debutante at Fairplex on Sept. 15, and given the timing of that race it’s debatable if the Sky Mesa filly will run again before the Breeders’ Cup. “It’s a good problem,” said Miller. “She runs well fresh. We’ll see how she comes back and make plans.”
Bares Tripper broke from the 10-hole in the Barretts and set the pace in the 6 1/2-furlong race, which is run around two turns. For the effort she earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 91, which is the fourth-best number awarded to a 2-year-old filly so far in 2012.
Miller has long excelled with 2-year-olds. He took the 2007 running of the Del Mar Debutante with Set Play, and in 2010 accounted for the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity with Comma to the Top. But this has arguably been his best year, with his stable earning a career-high $2.4 million through Tuesday.
* The final Win and You’re In for the Juvenile Fillies is the Grade 1, $400,000 Frizette at a mile at Belmont Park on Oct. 6. It is expected to draw the Todd Pletcher-trained Dreaming of Julia, a 16-length winner of the Meadow Star at Belmont in her most recent start Sept. 9.
* Other major players in the division include Pletcher’s Kauai Katie, the winner of the Grade 2 Adirondack at Saratoga who is scheduled to see action Sunday at Belmont in the Grade 2 Matron at six furlongs. Earlier this year, Kauai Katie won her debut with a Beyer of 100, the top number for a 2-year-old filly in 2012.
I wonder if lasix and Breeder's Cup security scrutiny had anything to do with this decision?
I think she exercisied her Executive Privalage with this decision.
With so many conglomerate trainers out there it is nice to see a hands on horseman doing whats right. The cut is probably minor. But what these folks understand is that her favoring the hoof in training could lead to a more severe injury. Best of luck to her and connections. Hope to see her in Davona Dale at GP.
In so many ways, the continued revelations about young horses biting the dust is so discouraging. When do the replacement refs step in. Maybe replacement stock from Europe and other lands.
Thank goodness the decision was made to put the horse first. So Many Ways is injured, she needs a chance to heal completely. I'm happy to hear her connections are going to give her some months off to allow So Many Ways to do just that. She can come back next year and have a chance in 2013 at Breeder's Cup racing. There's nothing wrong with letting her mature a little bit and have her race at the top of her form next year. She may turn out to be an even better race horse then than she is right now, you never know. Good luck to you, So Many Ways. May you heal swiftly and completely. Have a good rest, we look forward to seeing you again next year.
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