08/17/2012 2:41PM

Saratoga: Hessonite wins Yaddo going away

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Tom Keyser
Hessonite wins the Yaddo Stakes under Ramon Dominguez.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - After his top New York-bred filly Hessonite dropped three consecutive decisions to Gitchee Goomie earlier this season, trainer David Donk said it was important to get one back in Friday’s $150,000 Yadoo at Saratoga.

And that’s exactly what Hessonite did, rallying to a 1 1/2-length decision over longshot Mystic City with Gitchee Goomie finishing a disappointing fourth in the turf fixture for statebred fillies and mares.

Hessonite had finished second, a half-length behind Gitchee Goomie, in each of their last two meetings, including the Grade 3 Dr. James Penny Memorial at Parx Racing in the pair’s most recent encounter on July 3. Donk did give Hessonite a bit of a confidence booster when ducking Gitchee Goomie to capture the Irish Linnet Stakes here earlier in the meet.

With regular rider Ramon Dominguez aboard, Hessonite settled within easy striking distance of the leaders while racing just outside Gitchee Goomie during the early stages of the 1 1/16-mile Yaddo. Hessonite made her move around the second turn with Gitchee Goomie locked in behind horses approaching the quarter pole. Hessonite raced four wide into the stretch, then delivered her usual late surge, wearing down the leaders inside the eighth pole to win going away.

Mystic City prompted the pace of Elusive Rumour, gradually edging 1 1/2 lengths clear of that rival to finish second.

Gitchee Goomie, favored at 6-5 by less than $3,800 over Hessonite, was finally able to shake loose in early stretch but uncharacteristically failed to muster any significant late response. The Yadoo marked just the third time Gitchee Goomie has failed to hit the board in 20 career starts.

Hessonite paid $4.60.

“I got one back today, but only one,” said Donk. “Obviously she was in a perfect spot, you love to have your main rival inside of you, and it looks like that filly didn’t run her best race today. But Ramon gave her a great trip, and she fired.”