08/10/2012 4:17PM

Saratoga: Hessonite preps for Yaddo

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Barbara D. Livingston
Hessonite is being pointed to Friday's $150,000 Yaddo Stakes at Saratoga.

Hessonite, the 4 1/4-length winner of the Irish Linnet Stakes here July 27, worked six furlongs in 1:17.05 over the main track early Friday morning in preparation for a start in next Friday’s $150,000 Yaddo Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares on the turf.

“I’m not looking for a very stiff move,” trainer David Donk said. “I like to breeze them an easy three-quarters. She loves to gallop, she gallops two miles a day. She loves to train. She’s a filly that I’d love to run a mile and a quarter some day. She’s doing well.”

In the Yaddo, Hessonite could square off again with Gitchee Goomie, last year’s Yaddo winner who has twice defeated Hessonite this year, including in the Grade 3 Dr. James Penny Memorial at Parx Racing on July 3. Hessonite defeated Gitchee Goomie in last year’s Ticonderoga at Belmont.

“It’s a great rivalry, it’s great for racing, it’s great for the New York-bred program, and she’s beat me a couple of times, so I need to run against her,” Donk said.

Donk said he would likely keep Hessonite with New York-breds this fall before maybe trying her in a graded race such as the Grade 3 Long Island at Aqueduct on Nov. 10.

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