10/24/2009 11:00PM

You Go West Girl finishes fast in Ticonderoga


You Go West Girl put herself in position to be crowned New York-bred female turf champion with an explosive late kick that carried her to a three-length victory in Sunday's at Belmont Park.

The victory came one month after You Go West Girl won the John Hettinger Stakes here with a similar late run.

Ridden by Jose Lezcano, You Go West Girl raced in stalking position while in between horses down the backside, just behind a dawdling pace of 1:18.56 for six furlongs set by Acquired Cat. Lezcano altered course in midstretch and when You Go West Girl got in the clear she rocketed to the lead just outside the sixteenth pole. Love Cove finished second by one length over favored Nehantic Kat, who was bottled up in traffic along the rail in the stretch.

You Go West Girl, a 5-year-old daughter of Mr. Greeley owned by Craig Bernick and trained by Tom Proctor, covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:53.53 over soft ground and returned $15 to win.

"My filly broke good, but I didn't want to be on the lead," Lezcano said. "I knew the pace was slow, but I had to wait until the quarter pole because she's the kind of filly if you ask her too soon, she'll stop. When I asked her she just exploded."

In other stakes action Sunday:

* Potosinia ($11.20) took over from pacesetting Ms. Thanksiving in midstretch and drew clear to a 4 3/4-length victory over 9-5 favorite Caminadora in the $67,500 Good Mood Stakes for juvenile fillies on the turf.

John Velazquez rode the winner for trainer Mark Shuman and owner Jose Cerrillo. Potosina, a 2-year-old daughter of Cactus Ridge, covered 1 1/16 miles over soft turf in 1:46.74.

* In the $68,250 Vision Stakes for juvenile fillies on turf, Dean's Kitten made an early move to the lead in midstretch under Ramon Dominguez, then held off a late charge from Imaging to win by a neck. Dean's Kitten, a daughter of Kitten's Joy owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Michael Maker, covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.22 over soft turf and returned $10.

* In the $64,750 Bold Lad Stakes for 2-year-old sprinters, Westover Wildcat took control from the start under Dominguez, turned back a challenge from Golden Ghost at the quarter pole and drew clear to win by 2 3/4 lengths over that rival. Westover Wildcat, a son of Forest Wildcat owned by Samuel Bayard and trained by Tony Dutrow, ran six furlongs in 1:08.81 and returned $3.60 as the favorite.

* In the $67,500 Wings of Jove Stakes for 2-year-old filly sprinters, Female Drama ($6.40) led every step of the way under Rajiv Maragh to win by 1 1/2 lengths over Magic Appeal. Female Drama, a daughter of Indian Charlie owned by Larry Byer, Omar Trevino and Anthony Cecil, ran six furlongs in 1:10.51.

The winner was trained by Todd Pletcher, his 20th win of the meet to capture the Belmont fall trainer's title.

* Dominguez's two stakes victories gave him 39 wins for the meet, five more than Maragh. Chester and Mary Broman finished with nine wins to top all owners.