08/29/2016 5:54PM

Our Way finishes with a rush to win Better Talk Now Stakes

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Barbara D. Livingston
Our Way, ridden by Jose Ortiz, wins the Better Talk Now Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths Monday.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Our Way finished with a nice late run outside of horses to draw clear by 2 1/4 lengths in the $100,000 Better Talk Now Stakes at Saratoga on Monday. The victory was his second straight and completed a double for trainer H. James Bond, who won with both of his starters on the card.

Bond is based at Saratoga about eight months a year and has a private barn adjacent to the track. He has won with five of his last eight starters and is 6 for 22 at the meet.

Our Way is a 3-year-old son of Tizway who is owned by William Clifton Jr. Bond and Clifton raced Tizway, who completed his career by winning the Whitney and Met Mile back-to-back in 2011.

Our Way is now 3 for 9 in his career and seems to be coming into his own.

"He's just getting better and better," Bond said. "He's really matured, and I think he's going to be a serious horse this fall."

While Our Way was mounting his bid on the outside in the Better Talk Now, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds, Dragon Bay was having a difficult time along the inside.

A Woodbine shipper, Dragon Bay had moved up inside of horses to take the early lead. He was battling for the advantage along the inside in upper stretch when he brushed the temporary inner rail and then appeared to spook, coming outward a bit.

Noble Quality, who was racing behind him, steadied, and the stewards conducted an inquiry into the incident. They disqualified Dragon Bay from third to fifth and elevated Noble Quality to fourth.

Dragon Bay has now been disqualified in consecutive races. He finished second in the $145,000 Toronto Cup at Woodbine in July but was placed fourth after ducking inward at the three-sixteenths pole in the stretch.

Our Way paid $8.10 as the second choice in the six-horse field. He covered the mile over firm turf in 1:34.75.

Hammers Vision, the 5-2 favorite and expected pacesetter, never made the top after Dragon Bay left the gate running but finished willingly to best that rival for second by a half-length. Mighty Mo was fourth, another half-length back.

Conquest Big E, who was making his first start since March, lodged a four-wide move on the far turn but flattened out in the stretch and finished sixth.