08/26/2008 11:00PM

Conditions may aid Rewrite in rematch


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Rewrite couldn't kick on with Latitude Forty or finish with You Go West Girl when the trio last met in the Yaddo Handicap here earlier in the meet. But a change in pace scenario, course condition, and weight assignments gives trainer Christophe Clement enough confidence to believe Rewrite can bounce back when the three renew their rivalry in Wednesday's $80,000 Mollie Wilmot Stakes at Saratoga.

Rewrite finished third, 2 1/2 lengths behind Latitude Forty and 2 1/4 behind You Go West Girl, in the 1 1/8-mile Yaddo Handicap, decided over a yielding course on Aug. 10. Factual Contender opened a lead of as many as 10 lengths down the backstretch of that race before fading through the stretch.

The Mollie Wilmot will be decided at a mile over what figures to be a firm inner turf course. It also will be run under allowance conditions, with Rewrite receiving a five-pound weight shift in her favor from Latitude Forty and a pound from You Go West Girl. Rewrite also is a one-mile grass specialist, having won 4 of her 5 starts while never finishing worse than second at the distance.

"The turf was very soft, and she just got tired last time," said Clement who trains Rewrite for the Amherst Stable. "She's really a better filly on firm ground. And the weight shift makes things not as bad for her. Once again, it looks like there are three fillies to beat in this race, and she's one of the three."

Rewrite has been among the elite members of the statebred filly and mare turf division for several years. The homebred daughter of Editor's Note was a three-time stakes winner last season and has won a pair of stakes in 2008, including the Irish Actress at Belmont on July 16, when she outgamed Latitude Forty by a nose.

Latitude Forty must tote high weight of 123 pounds under the conditions of the Mollie Wilmot. She had finished behind Rewrite in each of their previous six meetings before finally getting a measure of revenge when successfully defending her title in the Yaddo.

You Go West Girl was making her first start against statebred opposition when beaten a diminishing neck in the Yaddo. The 4-year-old daughter of Mr. Greeley had been racing with a good measure of success against open company in Kentucky and Illinois prior to shipping locally with trainer Tom Proctor earlier this summer.

Nedjma, third behind Rewrite and Latitude Forty in the Irish Actress, and the improving Nehantic Kat, a winner of her last two starts, are among the other top contenders in the field.