Edmund Gann's You shook off a game Fly Borboleta and ran off to easily take the $325,500 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) by eight lengths.
The prohibitive favorite, You paid $2.60 and $2.20. Fly Borboleta stayed for second and paid $4.40. With the scratch of morning line favorite Take Charge Lady, there was no show betting in the field of five. The exacta was worth $18.40.
You completed the mile and a sixteenth in 1:43.21 and gave jockey Jerry Bailey a record fourth victory in the race.
"I love her because she's a fighter," Bailey said. "Things can go wrong for her in a race and she never gives up. She can handle adversity."
You's victory might prove a positive foreshadowing for Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Trainer Bobby Frankel and Bailey, who combined for the victory with You, will be responsible for Derby morning line favorite Empire Maker tomorrow.
"Let's cut to the chase: when Take Charge Lady came out, she just outclassed those other fillies," Frankel said. "The only way she was going to lose today was to fall down. And part of it is her style. She didn't have to come from way out of it to win. She was the speed of the field.
You, bred in Kentucky by Dolphus Morrison, is a five-time grade I winner who has now earned more than $1.6 million in her 17 race career, which includes eight victories. She earned $201,810 for Friday's victory.
She came into the race off a second in the Santa Maria (gr. I) to Starrer. The 4-year-old daughter of You and I was fourth in last year's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
You broke alertly in the Louisville contest, gaining a quick advantage. However, Larry Melancon guided Fly Borboleta up alongside the favorite, and the two stayed locked together for most of the 8 1/2 –furlong tilt.
It wasn't until they passed the eighth pole that You, under some right-handed urging from Bailey, began to put daylight between herself and the runner-up. She kicked well clear from there to the wire, widening impressively with every stride. Seven Four Seven claimed the show spot by 9 ¾ lengths over Majority Whip. The winner sizzled through a half mile in :45.90 and three quarters in 1:10.03.
"The pace didn't bother me," Frankel said. "She runs plenty fast. But that other filly stuck her neck in front on the backside. It's a horse race, you know. You have to be concerned when you see something like that. But then her class showed. She was just too much for them."
"Melancon's filly pushed me pretty hard," Bailey said. "I'd have done the same thing if I'd been him. He had to see how far he could go. Guess she caved in first.
"I've said before, there are only a handful of trainers in the country who can get a filly ready off the bench and Bobby's one of them."
Frankel said he had nothing in particular planned for You.
"Probably take her to New York for a race up that way," he said. "I've got several nice fillies and it's easier to keep them apart on the East Coast. I'll keep You running between seven-eighths and a mile and one-eighth. I let her have an easy winter and now I've got her for the whole year."