09/23/2013 4:03PM

So Many Ways sold to Northern Farm of Japan

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So Many Ways, shown here winning the Charles Town Oaks on Saturday, has been retired and sold to Northern Farm in Japan.

Grade 1 winner So Many Ways has been sold to Katsumi Yoshida’s Northern Farm of Hokkaido, Japan to begin a broodmare career, owner Maggi Moss announced on Monday.

The 3-year-old Sightseeing filly, who scored her biggest victory in the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes last year at Saratoga Race Course, concluded her career with a victory in the Charles Town Oaks Saturday night. She retires with five wins from 10 career starts, including additional Grade 3 triumphs in the Schuylerville Stakes and Eight Belles Stakes, and $717,148 in earnings.

Moss purchased So Many Ways for $22,000 out of the Pennland Farm consignment at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic yearling sale via James Schenck, agent.

“I am grateful to Jim Schenck of Lexington, Kentucky for discovering this filly, and to Franklin Smith of Elloree, South Carolina for developing her,” Moss said. “I would also like to thank Tony Dutrow for the irreplaceable memories of her wins at Saratoga, and the amazing job he did with her. I am grateful for the exceptional job Tom Amoss did this year in understanding her and loving her as much as I did in her gutsy and amazing wins in 2013. Most of all, it is not her tenaciousness or athleticism that I will remember, but her kind and almost human personality, that made this decision so difficult. 

“I am confident that her new home with Mr. Yoshida, alongside Azeri, Zazu, Musical Romance and other great mares, that she will be amongst royalty and taken care of in the same loving and wonderful environment. Albeit a very difficult decision, I know she will be loved as much as we all loved her and live a life fit for the queen that she is.”

So Many Ways is out of the unraced Dehere mare Happy Scene, dam of four winners from as many starters, including stakes winner Scherzi. Happy Scene is a half-sister to Satono Flora, a Group 3-placed winner in Japan.

Joan More than 1 year ago
Dubai MAjesty is also at N Farms. Ms Moss is an attorney, I'm sure the Ferd clause was included. Please do some research on Ms Moss, she is very involved in horse rescue and rehab.. SHe steps up everyday to take these used up Thoroughbreds and buys from trainers , owners and auction barns to keep them out of the slaughter pipeline. SHe probably does more in 1 week than the majority of owners do in a lifetime for the welfare of these animals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The DRF could do the industry and the world a lot of good if they would eliminate the ability to comment on their site. If this dialogue isn't enough proof of that, I don't know what is.
Rusty Hefner More than 1 year ago
Or rather....not allow anonymous posts and require people to stand by their opinions.
Hadrian Marcus More than 1 year ago
Yeah, who needs the opinions of customers....or freedom of speech for that matter.
R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
It's easy for people to make negative comments about owners selling their horses to a foreign country owner from Japan,China or what ever, because is not their money invested, I would like to see how they would handle if put them in the same situation. Race horses is a busyness, it cost lots of money to be in to, those horses can be running and doing fine one day, and broke down or death the next day. I'm sure Ms. Moss care a lot for her horses, but she is a smart woman and knows when to hold and when to run.
mikey More than 1 year ago
Of course the owners can do what they want. It is their money. What is bs is how we hype our sprinters and milers like they are these great thoroughbreds. The best thoroughbreds are bred in Japan and Germany today. The Irish are there too. For all the hyping of the Black Caviars and Frankel, these are specialist and they ran in races that are not as prestigious as the great races like Epsom, King George, Arc, Melbourne, Cox, Eclipse. We now breed horses that can barely run 9 furlongs and watching them attempt 12 furlongs is a sad state of affairs. Biggest reason why this industry is steadily on the decline. Stars on great prestigious races get the hype and buzz. Golf which is considered by many a very slow game is still very popular, why? The top stars are seen competing on their major races, PGA, Masters, US Open, British Open. If Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson don't participate in these tournaments, golf will also fade away. So what we got? we only have the Kentucky Derby and maybe even the BC Classic. both 10 furlongs. The other classic distance prestigious races where great thoroughbreds ran are gone now. No more hype for the Big Cap or the Handicap triple since there are no more horses bred for those races. Yes, true I probably would do the same thing, grab the money now while there is still some left. Won't be my problem.later on.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
Makes me wonder why they are breeding her in what should have been her peak racing years? Her earnings are really not that much compared to other retired horses. Japan? How stupid does Maggie Moss think the public is to believe that he will be loved by her new owners? It will be one foal after another for her. Maybe the Kentucky breeders did not offer enough do ray mi. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$ I guess it is out with the old and on with the new for some owners.
Jaime Dubyna More than 1 year ago
They retire 3-year-olds all the time. It would have been one foal after another here too. Maggi Moss is an advocate for retired racehorses. You should do a Google search about the stuff she does for so many unwanted Thoroughbreds. Also, while Google searching, you should see where unwanted AMERICAN horses on AMERICAN soil go to. And, lastly, Google Northern Farm in Japan. Looks like a pretty nice place.
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
patricia, common ...this is a business...comes a point that if you want to continue in it you must sell sometimes....be realistic.....
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
All about the profits. Poor horse. Any athlete human or animal, shouldn't have their career ended on others terms. Got to feel bad for this horse.
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
BTW. I just lost a ton of respect for Magi Moss. Japan? You got to be kidding me. Even animals are losing jobs here in USA to other Countries. LOL. It's like when you go to buy a car and you buy the car because it has an American name. But, that American car and parts are manufactured in Mexico, China, etc.. Something so wrong with this picture.
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
profit is good....too bad America forgot what it is.
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
Yes keep bragging about those 2 yr old horsies that can run a couple of furlongs in 20 seconds. They are bred for Los Alamitos and Ruidoso Downs. That is why they look like they need a cpr trying to go 10 furlongs. Could you imagine any of them trying 12 furlongs.
Gary Camejo More than 1 year ago
Wow our world of economics.
gallopingtom More than 1 year ago
I think he has Ginger Punch too.
Hadrian Marcus More than 1 year ago
I've seen the best horses the American thoroughbred industry can breed...and they are currently racing at Tokyo, Kyoto, etc., rather than Santa Anita and Saratoga. More so, Orferve. Gold Ship and Gentildonna race to ages four and five...and can run classic distances handsomely. America's current version of the thoroughbred is precocious, fragile and challenged to run anything over seven furlongs or ten races in a career. Keep sending your best mares to Japan and see how that works out for the industry in the long run.
Alexander Ivory More than 1 year ago
never ceases to amaze me how everyone wants to tell everyone else how to run their business. I would love to see these mares and stallions stand in the United States, however at the end of the day I have zero dollars invested in these horses. If you dont make good business decisions they won't be in business long.
EddySealy More than 1 year ago
You are an idiot...it's about the future of American racing...they can sell these horses to Americans they just chooses to be greedy..but then against that's how Americans are
Lawrence Vaccarelli More than 1 year ago
oh you so are the recent powerball winner ? bottom line does not matter...get a clue ...clueless
MICHAEL More than 1 year ago
And breeding frail short distance horses is good business decision? We already have that breed and they are called quarterhorses. It is a short-term business decision that failed. The only reason this industry is still on life support is because of the welfare checks from casinos. This industry bred themselves out of business.
not impressed More than 1 year ago
Hey breeding industry chose their direction. American's want speed and early profits not longevity. Good luck seeing a TC winner any time soon, especially since if we do get one he'll be retired the next day after the Belmont. Gone are the days when we raced horses instead of breeding to sell. People sell to the Japanese and other countries because 1) either no one wants them here or 2) they just can't offer the money. Nine times out of 10 people are going to take the money and run. Besides most of the horses Japan has been getting are ones American breeders don't fancy. You say our loss, the industry lost out long time ago when they chose to breed to horses who can't last or shouldn't be producing in the first place.
mikey More than 1 year ago
No if buts or whats. Japan will be the powerhouse of thoroughbred racing. As a group they have the best thoroughbreds in the world today. No sprinting milers over there. Just great thoroughbreds like Orfevre. When our industry finally dies out, they will be over there in Dubai and Japan racing.