Updated on 08/17/2011 5:00PM

Saratoga: Gitchee Goomie always right up there

Barbara D. Livingston
Gitchee Goomie has been first or second in six starts against New York-breds.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – In a competitive renewal of the $100,000 Yaddo Stakes Friday at Saratoga, Gitchee Goomie rates a slight edge based on her consistency, affinity for this turf course, and ability to handle less-than-firm ground.

Gitchee Goomie has 2 wins and 4 seconds from 6 starts against New York-bred competition. She owns a maiden win at Saratoga in September 2009 and has twice finished second here, including a one-half length loss to Chorus Music in the Irish Linnet Stakes on July 24. In fact, her four losses in statebred company have been by a combined 1 1/2 lengths.

“The thing is she always shows up and always runs her race,” said Rick Violette, trainer of Gitchee Goomie. “But there are a lot of fillies that are very close to her numbers.”

In her last seven starts, Gitchee Goomie has run Beyer Speed Figures between 85 and 88. Violette said he is adding a set of small-cup blinkers – referred to as “cheaters” – to Gitchee Goomie’s equipment because of her penchant for dropping so far off the early pace, as she did in the Irish Linnet under Alan Garcia.

“Maybe they’ll have her on the bridle so that [Garcia] might be able to get a little bit better position and not have to pass everybody from the head of the lane on,” Violette said.

Despite beautiful weather on Wednesday, there is a 50-percent chance of scattered storms on Friday. Gitchee Goomie won an open-company stakes on good ground at Belmont and was third in the Grade 1 Garden City on yielding Belmont turf, so Violette doesn’t believe course condition will be an issue.

Frivolous Buck is 1 for 5 on the Saratoga turf, beating Gitchee Goomie by a nose in a first-level allowance race last September here. Frivolous Buck finished a head a behind Gitchee Goomie in the Irish Linnet.

“she’s doing about as well as we’ve ever seen her,” trainer George Weaver said. “Her last race was probably one of her best races. She’s come out of it great, she’s doing great, you can’t ask for any more than that.”

Trainer Carlos Martin enters the uncoupled entry of Centrina, who has won four consecutive races, and Rogue’s Jewel, who comes off a second-level allowance win here on July 25.

Though all of Centrina’s wins came at Belmont, Martin said, “She’s so tough and just in a zone right now I think she’ll run on any turf course. . . . Whether she’s good enough, that’s the only question. She’s stepping up with seemingly better fillies on paper.”

Rogue’s Jewel has finished second 8 times from 17 starts, but has seemed to move up on the turf.

“On the grass, it seems like she lays a little closer and seems to really, really have an affinity for the turf,” Martin said.

Exclusive Scheme, Mystic City, Great Gracie Dane, Paraiba, and In Te Domine complete the field.