09/03/2012 4:35PM

Saratoga: Moss wants to hang onto So Many Ways


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Maggi Moss usually doesn’t keep her really good horses long enough to accomplish this much.

But now that Moss has had her first Grade 1 winner, So Many Ways, she doesn’t sound too eager to part with her.

So Many Ways became Moss’s first Grade 1 winner with a 2 1/2-length victory in Sunday’s $300,000 Spinaway at Saratoga. It was the filly’s third win in as many starts and came six weeks after she won the Grade 3 Schuylerville here on opening day.

What struck Moss the most was how fresh So Many Ways appeared back at the barn Sunday night following the race.

“I was very stunned by her last night back at the barn,” Moss said Monday after returning to her home in Iowa. “You wouldn’t even know she ever ran.”

Moss, who sold Peace Rules after he won a maiden race in his third career start, said she has received several offers to buy So Many Ways. In years past, she would have jumped at the offer. Now, she’s not so sure.

“I’m not leaning toward selling her at all,” Moss said.

If she doesn’t sell, then Moss and trainer Tony Dutrow must decide what to do next with So Many Ways, among the leaders of the 2-year-old filly division.

Dutrow said Monday that So Many Ways grabbed herself on the coronet band of her left foreleg. He doesn’t believe it’s anything serious and he would like to run her again this year.

Dutrow said that he would not run So Many Ways back in the Grade 1 Frizette at Belmont, but that he could train her up to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.

“Could that be her next race this year? Yes, it could be,” Dutrow said. “She’s run three times, it’s all super. I do want to run her again.”

So Many Ways is the only horse Moss has with Dutrow. She decided to give him the horse because the filly is a Pennsylvania-bred, and Dutrow has horses stabled at Parx. Moss is good friends with Michael Dubb, who referred Moss to Dutrow.

“I called him and said I have a Pennsylvania-bred by Sightseeing, they tell me she’s kind of talented,” Moss said.

They were right.