08/18/2010 1:32PM

You Go West Girl tries again in Yaddo

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Adam Coglianese
You Go West Girl will be back for her third try in the Yaddo Stakes on Friday at Saratoga.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – When You Go West Girl raced in the Yaddo each of the last two years, she did so coming off layoffs of nine weeks or more. In 2008, she finished second, beaten a neck. In 2009, she finished fifth, beaten 4 1/4 lengths.

On Friday, when You Go West Girl runs again in the Yaddo, she will do so with a solid prep race under her belt while stretching out to distance at which she has run very well.

You Go West Girl is one off 11 New York-bred fillies and mares entered to run in another competitive renewal of the Yaddo, scheduled for 1 1/8 miles over the inner turf.

Tom Proctor, trainer of You Go West Girl, said his mare needed her last race, the William B. Fasig, in which she finished third, beaten a head by Exclusive Scheme and Chestoria who were noses apart at the finish line.

Proctor’s biggest concern is the tight turns of the inner turf course.

“I don’t think she handles the tight turns that well, and it’s probably cost her,” Proctor said. “That’s why she’s done so well at Belmont.”

Proctor said You Go West Girl also would benefit from a legitimate pace, and she may get one with Woolly Bear in the field.

Chestoria was beaten as the 1-2 favorite in the Fasig by stablemate Exclusive Scheme. Chestoria did not have the smoothest trips in that race and should benefit from added ground.

“She showed a lot of courage trying to win,” trainer Billy Badgett said. “The best horse on the turf can get beat, especially up here, where position is so crucial.”

Badgett was as surprised as the betting public when Exclusive Scheme won the Fasig at 25-1. She’ll try 1 1/8 miles for the first time, which may be stretching her distance capabilities.

“Johnny [Velazquez] rode a tremendous race on her, she dug in, she held them off when she had to,” said Badgett, who has to make a switch to Javeir Castellano on Friday as Velazquez rides Paraiba. “She’s been training great since the race, I guess we have to give her a shot.”

Great Gracie Dane, the only 3-year-old in the field, has defeated New York-breds the last three times she’s met them. She will try 1 1/8 miles for the first time, a distance trainer Derek Ryan believes will suit her.

“Being by Royal Academy, she should love the distance,” said Ryan, whose filly will get 11 pounds from the favorites.