08/20/2010 4:16PM

Saratoga: Meriwether Jessica wins Yaddo


  Meriwether Jessica (8th, $11.00) saved ground on both turns stalking pacesetter Woolly Bear, tipped to the two-path turning for home to grab the lead, and held off a late run from 3-1 favorite You Go West Girl to win the 31st running of the $100,000 Yaddo Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares by a neck.

  Meriwether Jessica was the third winner on the day for Alan Garcia, and the 5-year-old mare has now won three in a row since a trainer change to Rick Violette Jr.

  In notching her first route win, Meriwether Jessica ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:46.98 on a firm inner turf course.

  Chestoria finished third. Woolly Bear faded to fourth.