Spinaway Stakes 2023: Brightwork did not disappoint

Two hugely talented two-year-old fillies fought out the finish of the G1 Spinaway stakes 2023 at Saratoga on Sunday, with Brightwork narrowly getting the better of Ways And Means to extend her unbeaten run to four.

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Spinaway Stakes

G1, $300,000, 7f dirt, 2yo fillies

Brightwork keeps her shine

It did not disappoint. The clash between two unbeaten stars in the Spinaway at Saratoga on Sunday meant that something had to give, and Brightwork did not give an inch as she stretched her streak to four with a courageous defeat of heavy chalk Ways And Means, with longshot Wonder Ride third.

At the top of the lane we had the race we wanted, the 3-1 second-choice Brightwork on the lead under Irad Ortiz and Ways And Means charging on her outside, but whenever it looked like they might go nose-to-nose Brightwork pulled out a little more, and then a little more. Ways And Means ran hard to the line but Brightwork stayed on top to win it by a half-length, with Wonder Ride six and a quarter lengths back in third.

Spinaway Stakes Race Video


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“I’m ecstatic and proud, this is such a big deal,” said trainer John Ortiz (no relation to the jockey), for whom this was a first G1 win.

Brightwork, adding the Spinaway to a resume that already includes the 2023 G3 Adirondack, will now be pointed towards the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita on November 3. She may run once more before the big day.

Spinaway Stakes 2023 Race Payouts

1. Brightwork8.002.902.30
2. Ways And Means 2.202.10
3. Wonder Ride  6.20

Winning time: 1m 23.17s

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