07/19/2006 11:00PM

Filly can give owner a repeat


Owner Jerry Jamgotchian is taking a different route as he bids to win his second straight $40,000-added Fairfield Stakes on Saturday at the Solano County Fair.

Jamgotchian won last year's edition of the six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies with Luck and Fame, whom he had just claimed for $32,000.

This year, he sends up Yessiremychickadee, a $19,000 Ocala purchase last year, who has won 2 of 3 career starts. She won her career debut at Santa Anita on March 10, followed it up with an allowance victory at Hollywood Park, and lost by a nose in a second-level optional claimer at Hollywood Park last month.

If she wins the Fairfield, Yessiremychickadee will probably do it the same way Luck and Fame did - wire to wire.

"She does it all on her own," trainer Tim Yakteen said of Yessiremychickadee, who was second by a head through the opening quarter-mile of her first race but who has been in front every step of the way ever since until the final stride of her last start. "She does just what she has to."

Although she lost by a nose to the older Fire Bolt in her last start, Yessiremychickadee turned in her best race. She set a pressured pace of 22.02, 44.78, and 57.30 seconds before losing in the last stride in 1:10.54.

"She didn't get a breather," Yakteen said. "There was another filly on her the whole way. She's a very honest filly. Early on in the morning, she didn't show as much heart as she has in the afternoon."

Left in Yessiremychickadee's wake in her last race was the stakes winner Catch My Fancy, making her second start of the year.

"She's one to be reckoned with," said Yakteen, who also pointed to the multiple stakes winner Devons Smokin as a formidable rival.

Catch My Fancy, a $150,000 Barretts purchase, won last year's Barretts Debutante. Devons Smokin won the CTBA Stakes at Del Mar last summer and the U.S. Bank at Emerald Downs this year. She has run third in two stakes since then.

"I think this year's race came up a little more competitive than last year's," said Yakteen.

"Right now, our option is to stay with 3-year-olds. Three-year-olds running against older, as she has her past two starts, are at a disadvantage. Right now, down south, 3-year-olds are running on the grass and not really sprinting.

"The timing is right for her to come up. It's been a month since her last start, and she's working well. We have high hopes for her."