You a Surprise Entry in Shuvee
Updated: Saturday, May 17, 2003 12:31 PM
Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2003 2:41 PM
(Edited NYRA track report)
Photo: NYRA/Adam Coglianese
You, winning the Acorn last year.
All week long, Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel said Sightseek and/or Wild Spirit would represent him in Saturday's Grade II, $200,000 Shuvee Handicap for fillies and mares at one mile. Heavy rain expected Friday could leave a wet track for the Shuvee, a surface Frankel does not want Sightseek to run over. Instead, it will be multiple Grade 1 winner You, along with Wild Spirit, racing in Frankel's interest.
Edmund Gann's You was one of the top 3-year-old fillies last year, especially at races at a mile and under. After capturing a memorable photo in Saratoga's Test Stakes last summer, Frankel stretched out You to run in races like the Alabama, Ruffian and Spinster. While You ran well in all three spots, she did not come away with a victory. Her final start at 3 was a disappointing fifth as the 4-5 favorite going seven furlongs in the Grade 1 La Brea at Santa Anita.
As a 4-year-old, You has made two starts. Second behind Starrer in her seasonal debut, she rebounded and easily defeated four rivals as the 1-5 favorite in the Grade 2 Louisville Breeders' Cup.
"I think Starrer has gotten pretty good and she likes the track at Santa Anita," Frankel said. "It's hard to judge if You is really back on her game because she beat a real easy bunch in there (Louisville Breeders' Cup) last time."
Frankel's other starter, Sumaya US Stable's Chilean-bred Wild Spirit, will be making her first start outside of Chile. In her native country she went 6-for-10 with just over $100,000 in earnings. She has won multiple Group 1 races in Chile from a mile to a mile and a quarter, but Frankel is not sure the one-mile Shuvee distance fits her best.
"She's training really well and she looks very good," Frankel said. "Hopefully she runs like she trains."
Edward Evans' Raging Fever, second in the Shuvee last year, comes off a victory in the Bed o' Roses Breeders' Cup where she defeated Smok'n Frolic and Nonsuch Bay. Raging Fever was able to get away with an easy lead last time. With or without an easy lead, Raging Fever almost always runs well.
"She's very versatile," Hennig said. "You can rate her, but if there's not a whole lot of speed in the race, that's advantageous for her."
Raging Fever loves Belmont Park and is 5-2-0 from eight starts here.
"All of her Grade 1 wins have come here at Belmont," Hennig said. "This race and the Ogden Phipps, which she won last year, are a couple of targets to keep in mind."
The field for Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Shuvee Handicap:
1. You, Shaun Bridgmohan, 120
2. Smok'n Frolic, John Velazquez, 119
3. Wild Spirit, Javier Castellano, 115
4. Raging Fever, Aaron Gryder, 119
5. Nonsuch Bay, Eibar Coa, 115
6. Princess Dixie, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 111
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