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The $125,000 Justenuffhumor Ticonderoga boasts Gitchee Goomie's return to state-bred company following a fifth-place showing in the Grade 1, 1 ¼-mile Flower Bowl Invitational, where she was rerouted when the John Hettinger for New York-bred fillies and mares was taken off the turf on September 25.

"It was a small field [in the Flower Bowl] and there was a lot to gain," said Rick Violette who trains Gitchee Goomie for Patsy Symons. "At some point we were going to try and swing for the fences a bit and we figured we'd take a shot. She didn't embarrass herself - she probably doesn't want to go a mile and a quarter. A mile and an eighth might be the end of her scope, but nothing ventured, nothing gained."

The ultra consistent daughter of City Zip had been first or second in all six of her 2011 starts prior to the Flower Bowl, three of those in state-bred company, and Violette said the 1 1/16-mile Ticonderoga had been on Gitchee Goomie's calendar for some time.

"We had this penciled in if she bounced back well from the Flower Bowl, and I think she has," Violette said.

With regular rider Alan Garcia aboard, Gitchee Goomie will leave from post position 2 in the field of 12 fillies and mares and was made the 9-5 favorite.

Rogue's Jewel, who lost a nose decision to Gitchee Goomie in the August 19 Yaddo at Saratoga Race Course will attempt to turn the tables Saturday. Most recently third in the off-the-turf John Hettinger, Rogue's Jewel has blossomed in three turf starts this year, with an optional claiming win and two second place finishes on grass.

"She's a nice, improving horse and she ran a big race to Gitchee Goomie in Saratoga," said trainer Carlos Martin. "We got rained off the other day, and we look forward to running her [in the Ticonderoga]. She's doing well right now. Hopefully the turf can take her to the next level."

The Blue Devil Racing Stable color-bearer drew post position 9 under Javier Castellano and was tabbed at 8-1 on the morning line.


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